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Building walls in the cloud

LONDON — When former NSA Edward Snowden leaked secrets of the US agency’s massive surveillance operations this summer, he prompted a global review of just how secure electronic data is. For all of the outrage over the US government’s collection of data from global Internet companies, at least one sector cheered the news: providers of cloud computing services located outside the US.

Cloud computing in Israel: The risks, explained

JERUSALEM — In spite of weightless images the name may conjure, cloud computing requires physical entities — think massive, knotted internet servers with mirrors. They're physical plants where unending digital information is stored. This web of data includes backup sites, often located continents away, in which the same information is then re-stored. This level of business and technological complexity is not easily achieved, and it's not always easy to protect. In fact, the cloud security experts GlobalPost spoke with in Israel were not shy about pointing out some of the emerging technology's inherent risks.

Cloud computing in China: On the verge

HONG KONG — For years, China has lagged while the rest of the world raced to embrace cloud computing. Wasteful investments, hodgepodge standards, and a regulatory regime hostile to foreign players have hindered widespread adoption of the technology, which in America now powers everything from Google Drive to iTunes and DropBox. But this year, things have finally started to change.

Can cloud computing take off in Africa?

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — When it comes to information technology in Africa, analysts will tell you, this continent has an amazing ability to leapfrog. Forget old-school landlines and desktop computers. Many in sub-Saharan Africa have skipped directly to mobile devices. And while Africa, like other emerging markets, has been slow to embrace cloud computing, it is starting to take off here, with tech experts touting the cloud’s big and perhaps unseen potential.
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