Basically, it is a mistake to think about national computing in terms of cloud computing. The promise of the concept ultimately depends to a large extent on the availability of computational resources beyond national boundaries. At least, this applies to public cloud computing. On the other hand, freedom of choice for users today is so pronounced by private, public and hybrid cloud approaches that it is worthwhile to look at what service part actually is rendered. In this sense, the performance component is probably boundless, but caution is appropriate with regard to data protection, legal certainty, vendor lock-ins and other factors. All these allow German deciders to choose suppliers.
German service providers are preferred in Germany
According to the current study by BitDefender entitled “The emotional side of virtualization: how trust affects cloud adoption and security decisions”, German IT deciders prefer 89 percent to cooperate with national providers. Confidence in services from the US is significantly less pronounced at 54 percent. In principle, however, it can be said that the national service providers are always in the front in their home countries. In Germany, however, the gap in second place – in this case from the Netherlands – is particularly great. On the other hand, it is true that American decision-makers also see their national suppliers in the front, but also other locations, including Germany, are well in the race with up to 27 percent approval. In Germany, IT decision-makers consider the countries of origin in the USA, followed by India with 43 percent and Singapore with 19 percent, to be less trustworthy.
Not all data get to go out
With all the love for the limitless transfer and the processing of data, however, there are limits to the storage of data outside the company. The most frequently cited by German study participants are data from the research and development of new products (46 per cent), financial information (45 per cent) and customer information (42 per cent). In the US, information on customers (49 percent) and employees (47 percent) have the highest priority.
Count on German privacy rules!
Bitdefender has a clear recommendation in this context, which can only connect to DARZ. Carsten Böckelmann, Sales Director for Germany at Bitdefender, says: “Bitdefender advises that the data center is physically located in a region or country where the handling of data and the legal situation is consistent with company interests in the choice of cloud providers.Regardless of the data that a data center stores, it is always subject to the data protection and data security rules of the country in which it stands.”