Edward Snowden Gives Canada a New Cloud Opportunity.

August 5, 2013
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By Robert Hart (from TroyMedia.)

“Was anyone really surprised when Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency collects massive amounts of customer data from cloud service providers and (gasp) disseminates it as they see fit through the U.S. government?

I mean, isn’t this what they do for a living?

At any rate, perception is reality, and it must becoming harder and harder for U.S.-based public cloud companies to sell Canadian customers on the fact that “it doesn’t matter where their data is hosted.” Businesses, rightfully so, view their data as intellectual property, and how many Canadian CIO’s are going to sign off on the potential fire sale of their company’s core asset?

Hey, we were already a risk-adverse bunch before Snowden bought a one-way ticket to Russia and every Canadian CEO started asking questions about cloud computing and where their company’s data is hosted. Ironically, the cloud conversation has finally started at the top level of every Canadian company. And, this, thank you Edward, is a very good thing.”

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