While the US Patriot Act was primarily drafted to help the US defend itself against terrorists and criminals, the spying scandal around the Snowden revelations has not helped to alleviate data concerns around server, network and cloud security.
On the HP data centre move and the US Patriot Act, Alejandro Froyo of HP enterprise services, told ComputerworldUK, "What we do see is that some companies are comfortable about having their data closer to home. I'm no legal expert, but it's a contentious issue and there are different legal views on this."
UK housing association Paragon Housing is already using the HP DRaaS service. Froyo said, "Paragon wanted their data in the UK, at our Reading data centre - you want to fight any data battle on your home turf."
Earlier this week, SAP said it would be using IBM's global data centre network to deliver its SAP HANA data analytics service and other applications in the cloud. It claimed using IBM data centres in the same country as SAP customers would help address data security concerns.
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