The 451 Group says that 57% of spending on cloud computing is done in
the U.S., 31% in Europe and 12% in Asia. But when it comes to the
adoption of infrastructure as a service, by using services such as
Amazon’s EC2 or Rackspace, 93% of that spending is done in the U.S.,
6% in Europe and 1% in Asia.
Although U.S. cloud providers, such as Rackspace, Terremark and
Savvis, are trying to penetrate the European market, they have yet to
establish data centres in Europe. However the U.S. Patriot Act, which
gives the U.S. government a right to demand data if it defines
conditions as being an emergency or necessary to homeland security, to
which U.S. data centers must adhere, contradicts the European Union’s
Data Protection Directive, leaving European companies with fewer
options than their U.S. counterparts.
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