Gartner Research

The Snowden Effect: Data Location Matters

Published: 29 April 2014

ID: G00222114

Analyst(s): Carsten Casper


Where is my data? And who cares? Business leaders must make risk-based decisions about whether cloud computing, offshoring and global data center consolidation are acceptable, taking into account physical location, legal location, political location and logical location of data.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Don't Dismiss Concerns About Physical Location — It Still Matters
  • Don't Forget About Legal Location — It Matters More Than Ever
  • Political Location Matters to Some — Check Whether That's You
  • Focus Your Efforts on Logical Location — Your Future Is Built on It
  • Business Leaders: Make Risk-Based Decisions
  • Appendix

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