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Analysts to Discuss Cloud Computing in Europe at Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2012, June 21-22, London, U.K.
Egham, UK, May 31, 2012 — /BackupReview.info/ — European privacy rules, multicountry business processes, a deep euro crisis and a lingering recession will conspire to delay cloud computing adoption in Europe by at least two years when compared to the U.S., according to Gartner, Inc. Gartner said that although interest in cloud is high in Europe, the diversity of Europe’s 44 different nations will result in slow cloud adoption in this region.
“The opportunities for cloud computing value are valid all over the world, and the same is true for some of the risks and costs,” said Paolo Malinverno, vice president at Gartner. “However, some of cloud computing’s potential risks and costs — namely security, transparency and integration — which are generally applicable worldwide, take on a different meaning in Europe.”
Gartner has identified four main inhibitors for cloud in Europe over the next few years:
Inhibitor 1. Diverse (and Changing) Data Privacy Regulations
The bottom line for European companies is that in spite of a great deal of inaccurate information, and single countries pushing nationalistic cloud agendas, there are ways of using cloud more safely. While it is true that international regulations such as the Patriot Act will allow law enforcement authorities to access personal information hosted by third parties — in cases of terrorism or severe crime, or to protect national security — agreements like these are in place between several countries (for example, the U.K.’s Regulatory of Investigatory Powers Act) rather than just the U.S., and any legal entity will have to abide by them.
Inhibitor 2. Complex B2B Multienterprise Integration and Processes
In a fast growing new market such as cloud computing, diversity makes achieving the required critical mass more difficult and significantly slows down the execution of players wanting to offer cloud services throughout Europe.
Inhibitor 3. The Slowness and Undesired Effects of Some EU Policies
Inhibitor 4. The Investment Hold Caused by the Euro Crisis
“The bottom line is that the interest in cloud is as high in Europe as it is elsewhere in the world” said David Mitchell Smith, vice president and Gartner Fellow. “While these inhibitors will certainly slow down cloud adoption in Europe, they will not stop it — the potential benefits of cloud are too attractive and the interest in its efficiency and agility are too strong to stall it for long.”
Paolo Malinverno will further discuss the adoption of cloud computing in Europe at the Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit 2012, held in London on June 21 to 22. For additional information on the Summit please visithttp://www.gartner.com/eu/aadi. Members of the press can register by contacting Robert van der Meulen at Gartner on + 44 (0) 1787 267 738 or email@example.com. Information from the event will be shared on Twitter at http://twitter.com/Gartner_inc using #GartnerAADI.
Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit 2012
Rob van der Meulen
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