I have used cloud based services for the last couple of years for both personal and business use and can see the benefits of it (in the right circumstances). If the situation is right then I also actively promote cloud services (especially online backups) to my clients but one thing comes up again and again and that is the location of where your data is stored. In most cases this is the US.
Since the NSA scandal was exposed a lot of businesses (quite rightly) have started to pay more attention to where their data is actually stored in the cloud. If you look at the big named providers like AWS, Rackspace, Google, Microsoft, Apple etc they all store their data in various data centres throughout the US. If you do a google search for “online storage uk” then US companies are the ones that usually get listed.
To a lot of people this is a big problem. All the major players store their data in the US while some of the minor players use either Rackspace or AWS to host their files, meaning they also store their data in the US.
A lot of financial firms I do work for would love to move to online backups but they are restricted by where their data is stored – it must be stored in the UK and not the US. They also want to be able to contact someone in their own country should something go wrong. If anyone has any recommendations for UK based online storage then I am all ears!!
So the question is does the US have a monopoly over the cloud and is it restricting businesses moving to the cloud? Tell me what you think.
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Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire.
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