Ten Most Popular Cloud Computing Countries

 

Are Cloud procurement decisions by CIOs and CTOs purely based on pricing and a favorable service level agreement? Apparently not as a new report shows that Japan, Australia and the United States currently are the countries with the most supportive legal environments for cloud computing.  The study includes the consideration of technology environments from 24 nations and finds different operating environments across the globe lead to vastly different cloud adoption rates. 

The new study by BSA-The Software Alliance finds that while many of the world’s biggest IT markets have slowed quite a bit or even decreased in terms of local adoption, others are embracing laws and regulations conducive to cloud innovation. The second annual report also finds that policy fragmentation persists, as some countries, aiming to promote local cloud markets, adopt laws and regulations that inhibit cross-border data flows or skew international competition.

We have recently reported that the cloud will drive the creation of hundreds of thousands of new IT jobs globally and especially in the US over the next decade. According to recent research from Gartner, the subscription Web services market is now forecast to grow 19.6 percent in 2013 to total $109 billion worldwide. This estimate is revised up from projections of 12 percent to 15 percent previously reported. 

CIOs are fully engaged with the the public cloud’s pervasiveness in the enterprise and see in to continue to grow rapidly in their organizations. Keys areas of growth will include Infrastructure Services/Platform as a Service (PaaS), System Infrastructure Services/Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Cloud Management and Security Services. 

The BSA report ranked nations on the basis of their support for data privacy, security, cyber crime prevention, intellectual property rights, free trade; industry-led standards, information technology readiness, and broadband deployments.

 

The following are the 10 top-ranked countries in terms of cloud environments:

Japan

Australia

United States

Germany

Singapore

France

United Kingdom

South Korea

Canada

Italy

BSA says this year’s biggest mover in the rankings is Singapore, rising from fifth from 10th place a year ago.

Malaysia is also demonstrating progress in the right direction, bolstering cybercrime and IP laws and opening itself for increased digital trade, BSA adds.

The U.S. has moved into third, passing Germany now in fourth. BSA credits “useful advances in standards development for cloud computing and infrastructure improvements rather than major policy improvements” within the U.S.

Canada, Russia, and India all also moved up the rankings by implementing international IP agreements.

Policy improvements in many of the world’s biggest IT markets have stalled, BSA adds.  All six European Union countries covered in the study have lost ground in the rankings. Others are “effectively unplugging themselves from the global market — with especially counterproductive policies in Korea, Indonesia and Vietnam.”

Trade agreements are an important component of a nation’s cloud competitiveness, and should encourage the free movement of data and applications across borders, BSA says. “Governments must work to establish a framework that is rigorous enough to meet individual countries’ privacy concerns but flexible enough to ensure the free flow of cross-border data transfers. 

 

According to the BSA report to ensure the growth of cloud computing, the obligations in forward-looking trade agreements should include provisions for:

1. Explicitly prohibit restrictions on the provision of cross-border data services.

2. Prohibit requiring the use of local computing infrastructure, such as servers, as a condition for providing, or investing in the provision of, cloud services in the country.

3.  Prohibit the use of standards and licensing requirements in ways that restrict trade.

4.  Cover purchase by private businesses and consumers and government procurement, including by state-owned enterprises.

 

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