How Hybrid Cloud can Simplify Data Sovereignty Challenges

Organizations are increasingly turning to the public cloud to take advantage of the speed that enables developers to deploy applications within their organizations. An IDG Cloud Computing study estimates that 73% of organizations employ at least one application and/or host part of their computing infrastructure in the cloud. With that said, there remains certain applications and data that are not fit to run in the public cloud for reasons including data sovereignty, compliance and internal policies. The focus of this post will fall on how the hybrid cloud can solve data sovereignty challenges.

What is data sovereignty?

The notion of data sovereignty refers to the fact that certain types of data is subject to the laws of each country including where such data is stored within the borders of the country. An example of this is the GDRP regulations in Europe, which include very strict data sovereignty regulations such as where the data is stored and what rules it is subject to. These regulations can, of course, present a major obstacle for organizations employing a cloud-first approach which in turn makes it increasingly challenging to organizations moving to the cloud. Deloitte Tech Trends predict that within the next 2 years, companies will increasingly modernize their approach to data management which will see data sovereignty growing rapidly.

How hybrid cloud can simplify these challenges

A hybrid cloud approach can solve many of the above mentioned challenges. It can allow organizations to maintain their business relations with their customers while simultaneously complying with their country’s laws. When opting for a hybrid cloud solution, organizations can manage data sovereignty within their own private on-prem environment and still maintain the benefits associated with the speed that comes with the cloud. Companies are also not restricted in their choice of which data they want to deploy to the on- or off-pre cloud.

Organizations are increasingly adopting the hybrid cloud that is compatible with their public cloud providers. But doing so, it provides the best of both worlds – the security of the on-prem private cloud and the speed and benefits of the public cloud. This simultaneously takes care of the data sovereignty issue.

However, when taking this one step further, an organization can now deploy a hybrid cloud that is also compliant with their public cloud’s application programming interface and so simplify matters even further. Microsoft Azure Stack is an example of such an approach – organizations can reap the benefits of writing applications only once and then choose to deploy it to their on-prem environment or their Azure public cloud.

Hybrid cloud solutions have the potential to solve data sovereignty challenges globally while still offering organizations the best of both worlds – the speed and agility of the cloud combined with the security and performance of an on-prem environment.

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