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Government warnings could kill the cloud

Keir Thomas | Dec. 15, 2010
The New Zealand government has warned about storing data in the cloud. Local laws could become another cloud stumbling block.

With issues such as this, the ever-present risk of a standoff with no clear winner is arising. Nobody will move into the cloud until everybody else has.

Above all, cloud companies need to be far more reassuring about non-logistical issues--and even start to know what they are. It shouldn't come as a surprise for a business, when it joins the cloud, to find that it's contravening local laws.

Keir Thomas has been writing about computing since the last century, and more recently has written several best-selling books. You can learn more about him at and his Twitter feed is @keirthomas.


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