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Regulatory maze: Rolling out a pan-European cloud

Cloud Computing is considered one of the biggest enablers of business growth in Europe today, with the power to change the way IT delivers economic value to countries, cities, industries and businesses.

Ricoh Europe also believes that the cloud sits at the centre of the future workplace, with businesses becoming more mobile and flexible than ever before. Recent research by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Ricoh shows that business leaders believe there will be a shift towards more decentralised employee decision-making, increased collaboration between business divisions, and an increase in customer led innovation by 2020. As such, businesses need to manage information more effectively and efficiently; making sure it’s available to whoever needs it, when they need it, while at the same time ensuring it remains secure.

The cloud will enable this to happen, but there are a number of challenges for businesses that wish to embrace it, especially those that span multiple EU countries. A number of laws exist across the member states regarding what data can be stored or shared with other areas of a business, both locally within the national operation, as well as in other European countries. This means companies often find it challenging to set up a single cloud service for all of their EU operations since many countries do not permit certain data to be housed outside national borders.

Ricoh Europe has successfully navigated this regulatory maze to deploy a unified cloud environment across its European operations. Find out more by reading the full article.

Or read about Ricoh’s private cloud winning ‘Project of the Year’ in the 2012 Green IT Awards here.

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