Sweden confirms tax break for data centres following government study

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Swedish data centre operators are to enjoy a vastly reduced electricity tax rate for providing their services after Sweden’s parliament confirmed new legislation.

The move will see the rate for data centres in Sweden move to 0.005 krona, or 0.00054 US dollars per kWh, as of January 1 2017 at a 97% cut.

Last year, a government-led study advocated the move, arguing that the data centre industry should be on an equal footing to the likes of manufacturing, which already has tax breaks on its power...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Two in three CIOs yet to formulate ‘comprehensive’ GDPR strategy

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Businesses have been warned and they’ve been previously shown up for not having the required knowledge over the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – now, a new piece of research from mainframe firm Compuware argues that more than two thirds of...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Privacy.

The Brexit impact on GDPR: What do UK businesses do now?

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The campaigns were closely fought. Polls indicated it would be close. Still, many businesses assumed that the UK would stick to what they knew and vote to remain in the European Union (EU). In the aftermath of the vote to leave, and with the heat and hyperbole having largely dissipated, what new challenges does Brexit bring?

The Leave campaign was always a broad coalition of different interests, many with competing ideas. With a Brexit vote secured, some of those will fall by the...

By Jack Bedell-Pearce, 09 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure.

Microsoft secures major court win with ramifications for global cloud data storage

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A federal court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to hand over data stored in other countries, overturning an original decision from a magistrate judge in 2014 and giving a shot in the arm for cloud security and data sovereignty.

The key asset in the case was data located in Microsoft’s data centre in Dublin, after the US Department of Justice had wanted to...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

What the Brexit vote will mean for data sovereignty

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The only certainty about Brexit, the UK’s departure from the European Union, is that it is going to create uncertainty in terms of data sovereignty, particularly in the field of cloud computing. Data sovereignty refers to data being held in a country in adherence to the laws of that state. That is fine if your company is based in a single location and single market but it becomes trickier if you have diverse locations and lots of different laws with which you need to...

By David Richards, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

IT skills shortage leading to cybersecurity issues, research argues

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If a security system flags up an issue in your organisation and nobody acts on it, is it even an issue? Many organisations are acting that way, according to a report from Skyhigh Networks and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA).

The research found that security budgets continue to rise – more than half (53%) of the 220 IT and security professionals polled expect their allocations to go up in the coming year – and the myriad of tools at teams’ disposals is a growing...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Privacy, Security.

What does the EU referendum mean for the GDPR legislation?

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On June 23, a referendum is being held to determine whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. But what does this mean for businesses – and in particular, what does it mean with regard to the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation?

In April this year, after months of mooting and deliberation, the European Union set out new data protection laws that businesses will have to adhere to within two years or face significant fines – up to 4% of...

By James Bourne, 10 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe.

Data sovereignty: How to shield your business from changing regulations

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International data privacy regulations can be complex and ever-changing. The invalidation of the Safe Harbour agreement by the European Court of Justice, and the ongoing negotiations about its replacement, means than many companies are now forced to rethink their approach to information governance, without the certainty of knowing exactly which regulations they will need to comply with.

Classifying information that is subject to data privacy regulations, from information that is not, can...

By Gary Weiss, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

US increases data centre dominance, research finds

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The US has continued to grow its data centre footprint moving further ahead of China and Japan, according to the latest analyst note from Synergy Research.

Almost half (46%) of major cloud and internet data centre sites are now based in the US, according to the research, up from 44% when the last analysis was conducted back in October. China, previously accounting for one in 10 data...

By James Bourne, 22 March 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation: Prepare for change

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The EU’s wide-ranging rules on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are set to significantly impact all businesses, whether in the EU or further abroad. From 2018, any organisation that collects, uses or shares personal information about European citizens will have to demonstrate compliance with the hotly contested law. This includes using various techniques to ensure that the protection of data is built into the design and infrastructure of an organisation by default.

Securing the data...

By Iain Chidgey, 29 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Enterprises given another warning over cloud app GDPR compliance

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More than 4% of enterprises have put their data at risk by sanctioning cloud apps laced with malware, according to research released by cloud security provider Netskope.

The study, which uses anonymised data from millions of users in the global Neskope Active Platform, found 88% of apps used were not enterprise-ready, while almost half (43%) of apps analysed keep data for more than a week after the service has ended, going against the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation...

By James Bourne, 26 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

A five step crisis plan to prepare for the pending data protection legislation

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The clock is officially ticking for organisations to get their data protection policies in order, now that the final draft and approved text have been made available for the General Data Protection Regulation to replace the existing EU Data Protection Directive.

The new regulation is expected to come into effect in 2018 and will require businesses to put a much stricter focus on data protection. The headline items for organisation that collect or process EU citizen records are:

  • They must notify their supervisory authority of a data breach...

By Neil Thacker, 19 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

How to ensure enterprise cloud app use complies with the GDPR

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After months of fine tuning and approvals from various bodies, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is almost upon us.

When the GDPR finally becomes law in spring of this year after passing a final stage of approval, organisations will have two years to comply with the regulation. Two years might seem plenty of time, but the complex picture of cloud use in modern enterprises means that GDPR compliance will be a challenge. A recent Netskope and YouGov survey found that...

Why data security in the cloud is your responsibility

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Concerns about data security have always been one of the key inhibitors for the take-up of cloud – yet its rapid growth in the last year suggests that such fears now are being overcome.

In many cases, they were overstated and were more about overall supplier risk management, which relies on the supplier’s financial security and terms of contract. With appropriate due diligence cloud can actually provide improved data...

By Richard Blanford, 17 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Security.

Businesses not convinced of keeping up with EU data protection regulation

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Only one in five companies say they are confident of complying with the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to new research released by Netskope.

Worryingly the research, which polled more than 500 businesses, found a similar number (21%) expect their cloud providers to handle compliance obligations on their behalf – a fact which is not the case according to the wording of the GDPR.

Only 7% of businesses polled said they had a solution in place for...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Privacy.

How cloud providers are fighting the data sovereignty fight for European customers

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For many US-centric cloud providers, Europe is quickly becoming a fierce battleground for their business. Earlier this week, Oracle announced plans to recruit up to 1400 cloudy salespeople across EMEA, while data centres are popping up all over the continent, from Microsoft’s commitment to the UK by the end of 2016 to IBM SoftLayer

By James Bourne, 03 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Privacy.

What the Safe Harbour ruling means for your business in 2016

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The start of a new year is always a good time for many businesses to get their IT strategies in place. However, there has been one issue in the past couple of months that may potentially cause a lot of complications in IT departments across the US and EU; the implications for cloud compliance of the recent nullification of the EU Safe Harbour Ruling. Safe Harbour, used by over 4,000 firms to move EU data to the US for the past 15 years, was declared invalid by the European Court of...

By Frank Krieger, 28 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Sovereignty.

Swedish government study advocates tax cut for data centre providers

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A study by the Swedish government has pushed for a 97% reduction in electricity taxation for data centres in the Scandinavian country by January 2017.

The study, which has been sent to the country's Ministry of Finance, proposes a 0.005 krona, or USD 0.0006/kWh, pricing for data centres in Sweden as well as a 97% tax cut for data centres and data service providers.

Industries such as manufacturing already enjoy tax breaks on its power and electricity requirements, which the report asserts...

By James Bourne, 12 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty.

Google launches new US East Coast data centre

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Google has unveiled a new data centre with three new zones in the US east coast region, adding South Carolina to Iowa, Belgium and Taiwan as its primary data centre locations.

The expansion move comes two weeks after Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz decried Google and Amazon Web Services (AWS) for having, at the time, 12 regions combined compared with Microsoft’s 19.

“This will open up our services to customers that were waiting on a US East Coast...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.

US and China will continue to lead for data centre location, analyst notes

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A note from Synergy Research has shed light on the most popular data centre geographies, with the US and China coming out on top.

Not surprisingly, the US is the most popular location for cloud and internet data centres in Q215. After analysing the data centre footprint of 13 of the world’s major cloud and internet service firms, 44% of data centres were in the US. China (10%) was in clear second place, ahead of Australia, the UK, Japan, and Singapore (all 5%), with Germany and...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure.