Re: U.S. cloud vendors shot in foot by NSA, Snowden
It's clear that U.S. tech businesses have been impacted by the revelations of NSA's spying, but I'm not sure how Forrester is counting the losses. Amazon, like Salesforce.com and others, is opening data centers in Germany, but is that a loss of business for these U.S.-based companies or just an additional cost? If we treat this as a zero-sum game (which it's not), did Amazon's new German data center take away jobs from its U.S. data centers or the one in Ireland? I'd argue this means less growth in Ireland in the case of Amazon.
Look out cloud vendors. Hopefully other countries won't copy Germany's model and come up with data-center-employment-acts of their own. Germany might be able to get away with it, but it only increases the cost of doing business in that country. If I were a CEO and could choose were to put offices, I'd choose a country that neither dictates where to store data or that spies on my information.