Report 28 Jan 2022

Approaches to Sovereign Cloud in Europe - InBrief Analysis

Cloud and edge technologies are an essential basis for future data-driven business models. Having access to a secure, competitive, and compliant cloud infrastructure will thus be key for organizations around the globe.

Data sovereignty has become an important topic of public discussion, and a key element of cloud service providers’ strategies.



Management Summary

Sovereign Clouds for Digital Sovereignty

  • Introduction
  • What is a sovereign cloud service?
  • Government initiatives such as GAIA-X vs. “sovereign speedboats”

Approaches to Sovereignty

  • Sovereignty through dedicated infrastructures – edge, in-house, or hosted private cloud
  • Sovereignty through local headquarters
  • Sovereignty through local presence
  • Sovereignty through vertical community clouds
  • Sovereignty through a partnership approach – European players
  • Sovereignty through a partnership approach – European players & hyperscalers


PAC’s Recommendations

  • Recommendations for IT providers
  • Recommendations for IT users