Idea: Antarctica, home of Cloud

Are you ready for the Cloud? The IT vendors of cloud services want to know from their (potential) clients. They've invested a great deal in Datacenters that are waiting to record the bits for people from all over the world. Business Intelligence is one of the areas that could make use of cloud services. And if it wasn't I'd still be interested in cloud because security is a data management issue.

Just this week it Twittered before my eyes: "Don't use cloud for sensitive data, EU warns members" and according to 'a recent survey' 53% of executives are uncomfortable with the 'public cloud'. Although more than 80% of enterprises have at least one cloud service in use almost 70% of executives question security of the services.

Much of the reserves of these 'executives' stem from the fear data will fall in the hands of competition, the general public (Wikileaks), or the CIA/NSA/FBI and such.

Seriously and partially understandable, organizations and especially European governments, have a no-go policy for data. It may not physically leave the country or even the building. The argument that data that is stored in a cloud, is usually divided over different servers and encrypted doesn't help to raise trust.

So how can we take away at least the fear that data leaks into the 'wrong' hands. What measures is IT industry to take to enable themselves to deliver their cloud services more broadly? (I'm not blogging about this because I want cloud services to grow for it's sake, I'm interested in the good deal that we all can get out of cloud services. I don't own any stock for cloud vendors)

I'm afraid it will be down to the skills of the salespeople. They will need to a lot of missionary work to bring around their customers to embrace the cloud. (Wouldn't you like to see someone embrace a cloud?)

Antarctica would be a good solution, so in the series 'very good FranklyBI ideas', this time I launch the idea of putting the "Cloud" in Antarctica. (previous idea was Data Fitness)
Antarctica pic from
There are several reasons for this:

  • Antarctica is owned by no-one.  There are claims but there is a consensus these claims are not granted and the interests of all parties are noted.
  • Data centers will have to be built, for the greater good of all the world, on a well selected nicely chilled spot on Antarctica. Thus saving fuel on airconditioning and cooling systems.
  • Cooling the systems will not be a problem.
  • Because there is no jurisdiction of any country on Antarctica (afaik), no agent will be able to look into the data. (Maybe have to add this to the Antarctica treaty)
  • There is enough wind and sun (in summer) to provide for the energy for the data centers.
I would like to add that  there should be a limit to the amount of data that we are allowed to store in a percentage of the total capacity. So we don't have to snowdozer the complete surface of Antarctica to build datacenters. My guess is this will all be a temporary solution as we will move the data centers to the bottom of oceans when technology allows us to do so.


tom zei…
Fabulous blog post. I agree that the cloud isnt the best solution for BI software.

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