Discussions around data sovereignty have become more balanced: Fronde

Discussions around data sovereignty have become more balanced: Fronde

IT services provider has seen some of the arguments around data location soften in recent months

A shift in the tone of conversations around data sovereignty and the Cloud has occured in recent months, according to Fronde.

Don McLean, the sales general manager at the IT services provider, said that “emotive statements” had changed into “rational assessments” in a relatively short time.

“A year ago we were regularly facing unfounded resistance on the migration to Cloud computing due to sovereignty, privacy and security concerns,” he said.

“We've seen that largely evaporate, as customers are now agreeing that true Cloud platforms offer unmatched privacy and security.”

When sovereignty is raised as an objection, McLean adds that it is now “rationally assessed in terms of proper data categorization,” as well as receives the appropriate amount of scrutiny.

McLean attributes this in part to the government publishing several whitepapers in 2013 on Cloud technology and large enterprises, such as Commonwealth Bank, discussing the benefits Cloud computing has delivered.

“We're still educating the market on the features and benefits of Cloud computing, but we've certainly turned a corner,” McLean said.

A more flexible web

When it comes to Cloud-based content, McLean also expects a “mobile first” approach to becomes the norm in 2014.

By that, McLean said concepts such as responsive web design, where Web content dynamically adapts to screen resolution, will become a standard requirement for new applications

“This in turn is tied to the notion of ‘100 per cent Web,’ and the increasing irrelevance of operating systems and desktop management to IT organisations,” he said.

McLean adds that this will be demonstrated by devices such as the Google Chromebook starting to proliferate within the enterprise.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

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