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Government Regulations Interfering With Global Cloud Adoption

According to the Business Software Alliance, a global advocate for the softwar

The cloud is becoming a more popular IT solution for hosting applications, infrastructure and data in a remote, on-demand environment, but government legislation and industry-specific regulations may be

The cloud is becoming a more popular IT solution for hosting applications, infrastructure and data in a remote, on-demand environment, but government legislation and industry-specific regulations may be hindering even greater enterprise cloud adoption.

According to the Business Software Alliance, a global advocate for the software industry, the United States ranks as the fourth most cloud-friendly country among the 24 it surveyed. Japan, Australia, Germany and France rounded out the top five, indicating that the regulatory climate and technological maturity of those nations are conducive to continued adoption of cloud services.

"To have a global cloud market, we don't need every country's laws to be identical. But we do need them to be compatible. Privacy and security rules are especially important. They should promote good data stewardship while also encouraging international commerce," said BSA president and CEO Robert Holleyman.

The study assessed each countries' cloud readiness in seven categories, including cybersecurity, cybercrime, data privacy, intellectual property, technology interoperability, free trade and IT infrastructure.

It's more important than ever for industry and government leaders to make sense of regulatory frameworks as cloud computing remains the top IT spending priority, according to a recent Unisys survey.