The whole point of the cloud is to make it possible for data-center managers to not worry about where a server or application or chunk of data is physically located. Cloud computing architectures make IT far more efficient because apps, data and computing power can all be made available where they're needed, regardless of location.
Not knowing for sure where to find a set of database records used to be a sign of incompetence or a major disaster within IT. With cloud – even private cloud networks built on the public cloud infrastructures of hosting and co-location companies – the inability to locate a database on a map is less important than the ability for critical applications to find that data when they need it.
Large companies are already struggling to adapt their own rules, processes and security concerns (many justified) to the fuzziness cloud brings to some issues are being further slowed by concerns they may be breaking the law of several countries by backing up servers in one data center to storage in another.
The only solution is to keep data-centers in every country in which a company operates. According to Andrew Stokes, chief scientist at Deutsche Bank Global Technology.
"Every geography has its own unique sector and laws," Darrow quoted Stokes as saying in his keynote. "We're in 75 countries; we need a superset of these regulations that make sense and that we can comply with."
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