Recently, the Software Alliance (BSA) released its annual “Global Cloud Computing Scorecard” for 2018, citing Germany as the country with the best environment and optimal conditions for cloud computing. In the study, a total of 24 countries were compared and Germany took first place ahead of Japan and the USA.
The indisputable advantages of Germany as an environment for cloud computing
One of the main reasons for the placing of Germany in first place are the advantages of the Federal Data Protection Act. Data protection and security in Germany achieve the highest rating in the BSA study.
According to the report, “German data protection authorities are among the most active regulators in the enforcement of cross-border data transfer requirements.”
BSA also emphasizes that “there is a pro-active culture of assertive action in Germany and a wide range of sanctions and fines.” In this way, Germany is seen as a country that ensures data protection and sets it as highest priority in its policy. Hence, the country attracts large companies, SMEs, as well as freelancers wanting to run their infrastructure or manage their customers’ infrastructure in the cloud.
The enforcement of the NIS directive in Germany (the directive on security of network and information systems) is a related aspect that plays an important role in the rankings. This law introduces several changes, including new privacy and security breaches for cloud service providers. This makes cloud computing an important and precisely regulated area of the German economy.
The scorecard delivers a curious finding for emerging markets – unlike Germany or Japan, emerging economies would delay the adoption of cloud-friendly legislation and therefore hamper growth. For example, government regulations for storing data on-prem logically lead to significant restrictions on service providers.
The lack of cyber protection measures in emerging markets has a negative impact. On the other hand, Germany is the only country to implement a strategy for cyber security that contains specific objectives and improvement measures. Germany is also a “Certificate Authorizing Member” of the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA), which is considered a standard certification requirement in Germany.
Another key aspect of Germany is the fact that the country is making good progress on extending broadband access to the population. Its current target is to ensure that all households have access to broadband with speeds of at least 50 Mbps by the end of 2018.
While data protection regulations and efficient legal system have always been highlighted as major advantages for Germany as a reliable destination for cloud computing, in this year’s scorecard the list of advantages doesn’t end here. Plus points like commitment to international standards and interoperability, modern electronic commerce and electronic signature laws as well as strong copyright laws contribute to the top scorecard for Germany and make it the best country for cloud computing worldwide.
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