14 March 2013 – Industry lobbyists have downgraded EU countries in their world ranking of top performers on cloud computing, as the Union prepares to overhaul its data protection rules. Japan, Australia and the US are top of the cloud computing class, according to the Cloud Scoreboard, published 7 March by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an international lobby group.
Four EU countries – Germany, France, the UK and Italy – are in the top 10. But all six EU nations featured in the study have lost ground. Italy and Spain were the biggest fallers, slipping back by four and two places in the rankings, respectively. The biggest mover was Singapore, which jumped five places to fifth overall.
The BSA said data privacy was one the main benchmarks used to draft the survey. BSA chief Robert Holleyman warned individual countries not to fence off their networks in the name of security. In an interview with the EU Observer he said “we should all be concerned about countries creating national clouds; the cloud is more efficient when it is … Read more