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If your business has not yet migrated to the cloud, it’s something that you really need to think about. Of course, there are plenty of things to consider when you make the move, and certainly one of the most overlooked issues is where your data will be stored.

People often think of the cloud as something that requires no servers, but actually a cloud computing service provider will need to store their data somewhere, usually in large data centres. These data centres can be constructed around the world and are often built in fairly remote locations. In fact, more companies are looking to use modular data centres as they are cost-effective as well as portable, meaning that they can be delivered and constructed much quicker than building them from scratch. You can find more information about them here.

Though it isn’t strictly necessary, it’s a good idea to make sure that those data centres are located in the UK. Even if your data centre happens to be on the other side of the world, it’s going to transmit your files quickly. What you really need to concern yourself with is data handling procedures. If your data centre is somewhere within the UK, it will be subject to our own very strict Data Protection Act. This means that any breaches or compliance issues will be met with hefty fines, which provides plenty of peace of mind. If your data is being stored outside of the UK, you need to be aware of the local legislation. It might not be up to the same standard as the UK dictates, and that could cause problems in the future.

Additionally, a cloud computing service provider that uses data centres outside of the UK may be doing so to cut costs rather than to ensure acceptable performance. Whether or not they pass those savings on to your business should be considered largely irrelevant – it’s always best to go for a company that prioritizes ongoing support. Keep in mind that a foreign data centre is less likely to put your needs first, and the cloud computing service provider that uses them may not be able to communicate with them very effectively in the unlikely event of anything going wrong.

Andy McGowan
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