Cloud sovereignty, increasingly important for European companies

Athough it does not seems, achieving cloud sovereignty has gradually gained importance for European companies. To the point where, according to a Capgemini report, it is already something very important for more than half of them, and that 69% of European companies consider that a potential exposure to non-EU laws in a cloud environment it can become a problem.

In addition, 68% of those who responded to the survey that served as the basis for the study cited the lack of control and transparency over what is done in the cloud with their data as problematic. Another 67% cited operational reliance on vendors based outside European Union jurisdiction as a stumbling block.

An even higher percentage, 71% of respondents, said they will adopt cloud sovereignty to ensure compliance with regulations, 67% that they will impose additional controls on their data, and 65% will ensure immunity from extraterritorial access to the data.

However, despite these fears, most companies and entities have a positive view on the subject, and 60% of those who have answered the survey believe that cloud sovereignty will facilitate data sharing between trusted partners. Another 42% believe that a trusted and interoperable cloud service could help them scale new technologies, such as AI or 5G.

When selecting a cloud provider, the top four factors in making the choice are identity, access management, and encryption, all in 82% of cases. Meanwhile, the isolation of their sensitive data in the cloud is for 81% of those surveyed. 69% point to cost competitiveness as important, and for 66% it is important that they have local data centers or, at least, in the region.

Regarding the expectations of companies for their cloud environments within one to three years, 38% of organizations expect to have a public or hybrid cloud environment, with on-premises data centers. 30% expect to use a disconnected version or the local legal entity of a hyperscaler, while 11% plan to work exclusively with cloud providers based solely in the same legal jurisdiction as the company. In fact, 48% of public sector entities are either considering cloud sovereignty as part of their cloud strategy or planning to include it in the next 12 months.

Marc Reinhardt, Head of Public Sector at Capgeminihas highlighted that «When designing their cloud strategies, organizations should not only focus on meeting requirements, but also focus on having a true business view of their data. By doing so, they will fully realize the benefits of the sovereign cloud, including trust, collaboration, and innovation, even for the most data-sensitive areas. Also in developing competitive advantages or in providing a better service to its members.«.

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