OpenStack doesn’t check to see if data was smuggled across the border, but the European Court of Justice does. The cross-European data transfer message has become clear: Don’t look at my stuff outside my international border unless many conditions are satisfied.
Has the NSA has done its part to wreck the U.S. cloud business? Or is the reverse actually true?
Much of Canadian data stays in Canada, German data in Germany. Data can’t be carted over the borders into that skanky NSA-monitored data sieve called the USA.
Does this cause madness for U.S. cloud providers? In the short term, perhaps—the actual damage hasn’t been tallied. Instead, a new boom has been created in duplication of infrastructure, something that the Internet was designed to stanch as a resource-sharing mechanism.