Public cloud woes

Public cloud is emerging rapidly in the Middle East, with several regional telecoms operators poised to launch their own public cloud services into the region

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By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 3, 2013

Public cloud is emerging rapidly in the Middle East, with several regional telecoms operators poised to launch their own public cloud services into the region. However, the big and as yet unanswered question is, will Middle East-based companies actually be willing to now utilise the available public cloud services?

IT experts can go on about the benefits of public cloud and public cloud services until they are blue in the face, but until local and regional companies pluck up the courage to dip their toes in the public cloud pool, these benefits will fall on deaf ears.

Currently the main stopper to public cloud and public cloud service adoption is the worry about where the corporate data is actually being held. Each country has a minefield of regulations about who can access corporate data on a cloud server, and a host of sometimes conflicting laws across borders. Who can forget the debacle involving SWIFT and the US Patriot Act?

The SWIFT incident  was rather a case of being stuck between a rock and  a hard place and certainly no enterprise wants to be put in the same position. As yet, public cloud regulations across the Middle East remain unclear, with no clearly defined rules and regulations around who can access what, and whether the government can subpoena records. This can be a worrying thing if you are putting your customer data in a data centre held somewhere in the vast Middle East region. Public cloud experts say enterprises considering public cloud services must vet their public cloud service provider carefully and make sure they ask questions around where their data is being held, who can have access to it, and under what set of regulations it falls. Simple questions could save headaches later on.

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