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On March 7th, the software alliance group BSA released a scorecard on the world’s top 24 countries for cloud hosting. These countries were selected for being the primary contributors to the world’s IT market, accounting for about 80% of the entire market. They were scored based on the countries’ legislative and private climate for promoting and expanding cloud technologies.
The criteria that the BSA used to grade each country’s position on cloud computing are its individual stance on cybercrime, cyber security, privacy, free-trade, and its physical broadband infrastructure.
The technology policy counsel at the BSA, Chris Hopfensperger, called the progress of some countries “patchy,” observing that overall the policies enacted in all 24 countries that affect cloud computing are a toss-up of bad and good. But the BSA is optimistic that with time, progress will continue to be made in this arena.
Japan Scores Big
This is the second time that Japan has scored the #1 spot, being called the friendliest environment for cloud growth and expansion in the world. The honor is owing to the country’s commitment to user security and privacy, as well as its unyielding position against cybercrime. Additionally, Japan has an increasing rate of broadband adoption that contributed to its #1 ranking.
Coming in at 2nd and 3rd were Australia and the US, respectively, after the US pushed Germany down to 4th from last year. The decision-makers at the BSA justified the switch by stating that US cloud providers have made meaningful advances in the development of US-based cloud technologies. At this time, the switch is not owed to improvements in policies made by the US legislation.
The top 5 nations for cloud hosting companies:
3. United States
Germany’s drop to 4th is attributed to “potentially restrictive privacy laws, protectionist policies,” while Singapore leapt up five slots thanks in part to a recent data privacy law which was enacted over the last year.
Just Missed the Mark
The 5 worst countries for cloud hosting providers are:
1. South Africa
The countries that tallied the lowest marks showcased a lack of anti-cybercrime policies, little to no participation or interest in global standardization of cloud practices, insufficient free-trade legislation, and incomplete protocols for user and data security and privacy.
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