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    PRISM Fuels Cries for EU Clouds

    Jul 24, 2013
    In light of the U.S. National Security Agency PRISM project classified information leak, the EU is questioning the wisdom of using cloud services offered by international providers, especially those based in the United States.

    In light of the U.S. National Security Agency PRISM project classified information leak, the EU is questioning the wisdom of using cloud services offered by international providers, especially those based in the United States. 

    Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, chair of the steering board of the new European Cloud Partnership, contends Europe should have its own clouds rather than rely on those from U.S. service providers, reported ZDNet.

    "Recent months have proven it again: it is very important for Europe to create its own data clouds, operating under EU law and completely safe for users,” said Ilves. Right now, 95 percent of the cloud services used in Europe is provided by U.S. companies. EU data protection legislation also needs to be modernized and we should understand that big private firms are able to gather more information than any state."

    Europe must establish its own cloud at a European level, Ilves stressed. He added that it is “especially important for small countries to do that on a European level, because otherwise the economies of scale will leave us behind."

    Private companies are faced with similar issues: Should they create their own cloud infrastructure or outsource their storage and application needs to a commercial vendor? Or, should they consider a hybrid solution, combining elements of both the in-house cloud and external cloud? These choices will vary, depending on a number of crucial factors, such as the sensitivity of the data being considered for cloud storage, the costs involved (both expenses and cost savings must be evaluated), the capabilities of in-house IT staff, and the needed functionality.

    A guideline to these key questions and considerations is available from ARMA International’s Guideline for Outsourcing Records Storage to the Cloud. This publication includes useful checklists for considerations from the legal, technology and business use perspectives. Click on the title above or search for it at www.arma.org/bookstore to learn more about this publication. 

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