Brexit is all over the news at the moment and as one of the leading cloud computing companies in Manchester, we know it is a time of great uncertainty for many businesses – especially when it comes to cloud computing.
When you think about Cloud IT, the first thing that comes to mind is usually one of the more mainstream applications such as Dropbox or Google Drive, but for businesses there is a lot more to it than that. Cloud computing relates to the storage and retrieval of your corporate (or personal) data from your own area on the Internet. No data is stored on your hard drive; it is all cloud data and so can be accessed from any device you own in any location at any time.
To really understand the cloud, think about your email services, such as Gmail or Hotmail. None of the emails you send and receive are stored on the hard drive of your computer; they are stored on the servers of the email provider company. This is a form of cloud computing. You can also log in and access your emails from your laptop, mobile and tablet wherever you are, and this is only possible because the data is stored in the cloud.
Many people don’t realise, though, that despite the fact that the data is described as being in the cloud, it is actually still stored on a device somewhere. Whether this is on a flash drive or more traditional hard drive storage, cloud computing companies offering to store your data for you will have large servers dedicated to storing your data. Some companies even have vast server warehouses which run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
This may raise a number of questions, especially with the recent Brexit vote. The main question is, where is my data being stored? There is tremendous uncertainty surrounding the whole Brexit issue at the moment and as one of the leading cloud computing companies in Manchester, we need to put a lot of thought into how leaving the European Union could change data protection regulations. Leaving the EU could potentially have a massive impact on existing UK data laws. Organisations who operate in the UK but have their data stored overseas, may be made made to relocate their data back to the UK – which could be a time-consuming and costly process.
In the light of Brexit, if you are considering moving your data to the cloud, you should seriously consider choosing a service provider like Prestige Logic. We only use UK based datacentres and only offer ‘private cloud’ solutions enabling tight control of who can and can’t access data in our cloud. This way, you have precise knowledge of where your data is stored and how it might be used, and there will be no confusion as to which country your data is actually stored in.
For more information on our cloud IT services, including the UK-based data centres that we use, please call us on 0845 582 8080 or email us at [email protected]