Governments and technology vendors are working toward bringing data sovereignty requirements of different countries on a similar level. Data sovereignty in international data access is closely aligned with data security, cloud computing, and the technological requirements of data access regulations.

There are many instances where technology vendors and regulatory bodies were on the opposite sides on the issue of data ownership. The struggle for data ownership continues in some countries. Hence, many countries have started implementing stringent regulations for international data transfer/access. However, the regulations are putting an additional burden on technology companies for compliance.

The Impact of Edge Computing on Data Sovereignty

The emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) also means great change is coming in the way that active data is processed and stored. In reality the most powerful IoT device we own are phones, tablets and notebooks. And these IoT devices are the new edge computing tools that we use today. But if they are only accessing 20% of the stored data – just how productive is today’s EFS?

Edge computing keeps your data in-house and sometimes in-device. If an employee’s desktop or iPad or laptop has to send and receive info, not just to and from the office network, but to and from the cloud, performance will slow—likely not just for that device, but for company productivity.

The edge of the individual computer—be it a desktop, laptop, iPad, or smartphone—is a good place to stop that data travel. Park it in the device itself when you can. Keep the data in the mobile or desktop item, and don’t store it in the cloud so you don’t have to wait to access it. This is the gist of “edge.”

Edge computing is brilliant, really. Usage shouldn’t depend on device-to-cloud speed, especially when time-sensitive performance is of the essence. But if we’re not storing data in the cloud, what happens when people and devices need to share vital data? Is keeping everything on the device, or even on the company network, the best cloud-alternative solution?

One of the most advanced and highly usable new products that are emerging is FileFlex from Qnext. Fileflex allows you to share files and collaborate without using the cloud, even when you are using popular apps like Office 365 and Google Docs. I think it really represents a new approach to content sharing and collaboration that responds to the edge technologies that will dominate the landscape over the next five years.

So what’s old is new – data centres become more of a static cloud as store static data automation is needed – and more data stays resident on edge devices, or on the edge cloud, offsetting the new stringent data sovereignty requirements and improving data access.

Philip Bliss
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