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Why Local Data Storage Laws Won’t Work

It’s no secret that cloud services are becoming an ever growing part of the global economy

Perhaps you may have read that Brazil recently abandoned their controversial proposal that would have forced global internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country. While many of us can surmise a number of reasons the viability of such a measure might have been unlikely, the list is quite long and includes:

  • the challenge of enforcement
  • the difficult logistics facing global organizations serving Brazilian users
  • the potential loss from the region of high-value services that do not comply

Birdcage with cloud inside

It’s no secret that cloud services are becoming an ever growing part of the global economy, led by giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google, and it is hard to fathom how a single region or country can dictate the rules of how cloud services are deployed. Moreover, the risks of doing so are significant, potentially robbing regional users of productivity enjoyed in other countries and denying regional organizations the economies of scale that the global cloud giants have built. Putting regional businesses and organizations at a disadvantage to their global peers is surely an economically undesirable outcome.

A far better approach, often overshadowed by the threat of hard-line measures, is improved education on security measures organizations and users can take to lock down the privacy of data, such as using encryption and key management as part of a zero-trust model. With security models that enable users and organizations complete control of data privacy while maintaining choice of providers across a set of global players, all parties win.

While I doubt this is the last time we hear the threat of regional data storage lock-downs, others should take note and instead look at improved security measures as a better alternative.

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Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.