It’s go time in China for U.S. cloud purveyors, but European legislators are pushing back

Source: gigaom.com – Sunday, December 22, 2013
It was a schizophrenic week for U.S. cloud companies pushing their agendas and businesses abroad. On the one hand, it was boom time for expansion to China with Amazon Web Services and IBM announcing plans (within hours of each other) to expand their respective cloud operations to China. Both are opening up data centers in Beijing. IBM, like Microsoft has already moved into China , are working with local internet service provider 21Vianet to do so. So things are ramping up for U.S. cloud players in China — at least those wiling to make deals with local providers and the authorities there. In Europe things continue to be nuanced. The civil liberties committee of the European Parliament is recommending that Europe suspend the Safe Harbor agreement with the U.S. that allows American cloud firms to handle the data of EU citizens As GigaOM’s David Meyer reported last week, the current Safe Harbor pact allows U.S. firms can self-certify to say they comply with EU-strength data protection standards. But, NSA leaker Edward Snowden has shown that EU citizens’ data is far from protected when traveling through U.S. firms’ systems, and German privacy officials have already called for its suspension . Remember, cloud is hard So maybe it’s not fair to expect an upgrade from one version of OpenStack (Grizzly) to the next (Havana) to be easy-peasy. But even some execs in big OpenStack-backing companies admit privately that the rush to add feature

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