IDC: Data Sovereignty and Compliance Issues Shaping IT Decisions
January 26, 2023
New survey results from International Data Corporation
(IDC) show that data sovereignty and compliance are now an important factor
in shaping IT selection and design decisions.
Almost half the respondents (48%) to IDCís Cloud Pulse 2Q22 survey (n=1350)
say that data sovereignty and industry compliance have factored highly in
discussions about their future IT architectures. And just 4% of respondents
believe their IT organizations will not be impacted by data sovereignty and
Among organizations that expect their IT budgets to increase in the coming
year, the vast majority believe that data sovereignty and industry
compliance considerations will strongly influence service provider selection
decisions and decisions about their primary datacenter environments.
"IDC expects data sovereignty and industry compliance considerations to be
of increasing importance to decisions about the design, operation, and
management of IT architectures, including the selection of cloud service
providers," said Chris Drake, Senior Research Director, BuyerView Research
at IDC. "This partly reflects the growing importance of regulation,
including GDPR, which emphasizes the importance of personal data protection
and provides specific rules about data storage and transfer."
Data sovereignty is largely unambiguous at this point with rules already in
place within the EU and in other jurisdictions about data use, storage, and
movement. The evolution of EU data regulation that started with GDPR in 2018
is being extended to the Data Governance Act. As a result, enterprises that
operate in Europe need technology solutions that provide a holistic view of
how data is collected, classified, processed, and stored to ensure data
regulations are being met.