Clouds are a law unto themselves. They float freely, without regard for geographic, political or national demarcation lines. With a fair wind at their disposal, they can go more or less wherever they please. Of course, you could also argue that they are at the mercy of the elements and that these control their every move.
Which creates a clever analogy with cloud computing. Should it be allowed to ‘wander’ wherever it might please, without restriction, or should there be forces in place that dictate how and where they may operate?
It’s a big question and there are big numbers involved, with the market for cloud computing having surged in recent years. Market research firm IDC expects businesses worldwide to spend $28.2 billion on cloud services this year alone, up from $21.5 billion in 2010, with spending forecast to more than double to $57.4 billion by 2014.
Right now, the European Commission is knee deep in finalising a strategy on cloud...