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Safe Harbor Ruling Impacts Cloud Strategy


Guest Post: Ken Won, Director, Cloud Solutions Marketing


Over last 10 years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the use of public clouds. Public cloud services have made it incredibly easy for organizations to get fast access to IT services. And laws such as the European Union Safe Harbor laws, which have been around since 2000, made it easier for US organizations to engage with customers and businesses in Europe. But this recent ruling by Europe’s top court about Safe Harbor rules should have many US-based enterprises re-evaluating their cloud strategy.


The Safe Harbor rules provided a single set of rules for US companies on how to collect and store the personal data of European citizens within the European Union. Without these rules each country in the EU could enact their own rules and regulations, making it much more difficult for US corporations doing business in Europe. In the recent past, we’ve seen many countries pass data locality laws requiring its citizens’ private data stay within country boundaries. And with the increasing number of corporate data breaches and hacking becoming a national security issue, we could expect more rules that protect data.


IT organizations need to consider how these types of rulings impact their cloud strategy. Concerns about security and compliance are creating greater interest in hybrid cloud strategies. Hybrid cloud, a combination of private and public clouds, is becoming the preferred cloud strategy for many organizations. Private clouds are being adopted for workloads that have security, compliance and performance requirements while public clouds are being used for fast, convenient access to IT services. Using the right mix of private and public clouds can offer fast access to IT services while protecting corporate data, customer data and meeting compliance regulations.


Enterprises are increasing their use of multiple types of cloud services as they move workloads with different requirements to the cloud.  A recent study by the 451 group found 68% of respondents have migrated workloads from public clouds to a private cloud.  And a recent IDC study found 62% of the respondents, who don’t currently use multiple types of clouds today, expect to be using multiple clouds within the next 24 months.


It will take time for organizations to fully understand the impact of the Safe Harbor ruling, as the rules are quite complex. Still, IT organizations can prepare for the coming changes by developing a flexible hybrid cloud strategy.

Senior Manager, Cloud Online Marketing
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I manage the HPE Helion social media and website teams promoting the enterprise cloud solutions at HPE for hybrid, public, and private clouds. I was previously at Dell promoting their Cloud solutions and was the open source community manager for OpenStack and at Rackspace and Citrix Systems. While at Citrix Systems, I founded the Citrix Developer Network, developed global alliance and licensing programs, and even once added audio to the DOS ICA client with assembler. Follow me at @SpectorID

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