The European Commission acknowledges that Europe must become more ‘cloud
active’ to stay competitive in the global economy. And while public cloud
adoption in the EU is increasing, it is fragmented in some areas and lags the
US by some 3- 5 years. IDC’s recent study “Cloud in Europe: Uptake,
Benefits, Barriers, and Market Estimates” assesses the European cloud
market, identifies key cloud barriers, and makes straightforward
recommendations on how to remove them.
IDC surveyed European business users and consumers and discovered that a full
64% of EU businesses currently use the cloud, and an additional 25% are
planning or thinking about it. Those that use cloud applications now, want to
So what’s stopping the cloud from colossal growth in Europe? The research
uncovered 12 key obstacles ranging from data residency and security issues to
slow performance and ... (more)
IDC Canada recently published a study highlighting how IT security fears may
be inhibiting Canadian enterprises’ business agility and competitiveness.
IDC and TELUS Enterprise Cloud Study, 2012: Three Misconceptions Curb
Competitiveness sheds light on the concerns of leading Canadian businesses
reluctant to implement nontraditional IT delivery methods, including public
cloud-based SaaS applications, despite evidence these solutions can improve
productivity, efficiency, and adaptability. Based on IDC’s research, more
than 85% of the Canadian enterprises surveyed have significant c... (more)
When organizations look to protect sensitive data at rest in the cloud or in
transit on the way to it, there are two primary obfuscation strategies most
consider - tokenization or encryption. But some enterprises may not know the
details of how these methods work or how they differ.
The Tokenization Process
A newer technology, tokenization is the process of taking a sensitive data
field and replacing it with a surrogate value called a token. De-tokenization
is the reverse process of replacing a token with its associated clear text
The Encryption Process
Encryption uses a c... (more)
We've written before about some of the high-profile data breaches occurring
in recent months - security breaches that cause some to question the safety
of the cloud to store and/or process sensitive data. It seems these stories
are reported with increased regularity (sometimes delayed, as in the case of
AT&T this month). In fact, Fierce CIO recently called the number of breaches
reported this year an "epidemic."
While not all breaches are created equal in their impact, there are sometimes
severe consequences for the business or the end consumer. In response, many
enterprises, in... (more)
The latest headlines in the ongoing surveillance soap opera focus on the
revelation that the U.S. has been eavesdropping directly on German Prime
Minister Angela Merkel. The reaction in Germany has been strong with many
officials publically condemning the surveillance.
After the NSA's activity first came to light, many in Europe called for
stricter protection of EU data and privacy rights. But now, Merkel is calling
for stronger Internet technology in Germany, specifically to address the fact
all major data centers are in the U.S. and China.
It isn't clear exactly how these late... (more)