Andy Thurai is Chief Architect & Group CTO for the Intel unit responsible for Big Data, Cloud/Application security, SOA, API, and Mobile middleware solutions. Follow him on Twitter: @AndyThurai, or on his blog.
No matter how you feel about the NSA and the wide net it casts in surveilling people, one thing is certain: All this talk about spying on Americans and foreigners is having an effect on some businesses, namely American cloud companies. It's also afforded opportunities to cloud companies based in other countries, which see an opportunity to grab customers from their American rivals. Officials in some countries – namely Germany, the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Switzerland, as well as from the European Union – have even been using scare tactics to steer business to companies in their jurisdictions.
Edward Snowden may be in Russia but we’ll feel the impact of his actions for years to come – and not just in the United States. His unmasking of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs PRISM and XKeyscoe has also created headaches for Canadian, European, and APAC users of US cloud providers.