skip to main content
Close Icon We use cookies to improve your website experience.  To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy.  By continuing to use the website, you consent to our use of cookies.
Global Search Configuration


The arrival of cloud delivery presents a substantial opportunity for all industries. However, government adoption is often hampered by concerns regarding the physical whereabouts of the data, somewhat undermining the location-independence benefit that is a cornerstone of cloud philosophy.


  • The "jurisdiction" issue highlights the difficulties in reconciling legal constructs based on clear physical boundaries to sovereignty with a virtual world where such concepts make little sense.

Features and Benefits

  • Discusses how user-controlled encryption has the potential to deliver a fundamental shift in the acceptance of cloud services.
  • Discusses how the real benefits of global digital infrastructure will be realized when legal frameworks re-align with the realities of the virtual world.

Key questions answered

  • How are countries' requirements for the physical storage of its data hampering cloud adoption among governments?
  • What is the best way forward for protecting a nation's virtual assets?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Store it anywhere, but not in another country
  • Analog legal constructs need to catch up to digital realities


  • Further reading
  • Author

Recommended Articles

  • Service Provider Markets, Consumer & Entertainment Services,...

    MWC 2018 Highlights

    By Ronan De Renesse 27 Feb 2018

    Over 20 of our senior Ovum analysts and consultants attended this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of February. In between meetings, briefings and presentations, our analyst team were blogging and tweeting about key developments, trends and rumors. Have a look through our daily MWC 2018 Highlights to find out what happened.

    Topics 5G AI IoT Cloud Payments SDN/NFV Smart home

  • Internet of Things

    IoT Viewpoints 2018

    IoT Viewpoints explore the IoT opportunity in 2018 and beyond. Download our latest e-book to get our newest collection of thought leadership articles on the emerging IoT trends, technologies and opportunities.

    Topics IoT

  • Consumer & Entertainment Services

    US pay TV: Is it facing an existential threat?

    By Adam Thomas 28 Mar 2018

    With US pay TV having endured the worst year in its history, thoughts have inevitably turned to the future. The likelihood remains that the immediate future will remain highly uncomfortable for everyone except the scaled multinational digital platforms.


Have any questions? Speak to a Specialist

Europe, Middle East & Africa team - +44 (0) 207 017 7700

Asia-Pacific team - +61 (0)3 960 16700

US team - +1 646 957 8878

+44 (0) 207 551 9047 - Operational from 09.00 - 17.00 UK time

You can also contact your named/allocated Client Services Executive using their direct dial.
PR enquiries - Call us at +44 788 597 5160 or email us at

Contact marketing -

Already an Ovum client? Login to the Knowledge Center now