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Data Clouds Drift Towards Europe

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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Distrust at U.S. data-snooping has led to a push for “local” cloud computing services in Europe. But relatively high electricity costs in Germany could see data center operators settle elsewhere.

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    • The number of data centers in Germany increased by 30 percent between 2008 and 2013.
    • U.S. firm Oracle will open two data centers, in Frankfurt and Munich, by the end of 2014.
    • Other U.S. firms including Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft are studying the possibility of a European or German cloud.
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The U.S. National Security Agency hears everything. The NSA sees everything. It may even be true that the NSA smells everything. In any case, American spies scare German companies.

For that reason, many German executives get a nervous feeling when they entrust their company data to American information technology service providers. The California-based software giant Oracle is reacting to those fears with the announcement that it will open two new data centers, in Frankfurt and Munich, by the end of the year.

“Data security is an especially sensitive subject in Germany,” said Jürgen Kunz, senior vice president and managing director at Oracle Germany. The announcement, he said, signals “that Oracle, as a U.S. company, remains tied to the German market.”

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