In this interview with CRN, Hasenkamp shares his views on the future of IaaS, the GDPR as well as the Cloud ACT
Infrastructure from the cloud
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) has refined the use of cloud computing and makes it one of the most important drivers for new business models. "In the long term, however, it is a matter of making IaaS as such completely disappear from the user's view.", says Henrik Hasenkamp, CEO of gridscale GmbH.
"Rather, it should be seen as a road for transport services, which is used, for example, to enable higher quality PaaS services or serverless computing." In the IaaS market it is not easy for a startup and medium-sized companies to survive against the big IaaS providers such as Microsoft and Amazon. "Competition on the market is fierce, but a very large number of users and customers are looking for solutions beyond the market leaders. There are many reasons for this: Quality requirements, service, less complexity, higher flexibility or partnership at eye level", explains Hasenkamp.
Many customers wanted to be able to use modern cloud solutions in their own CI. Either as a reseller or for their own company. A white-label-solution makes this possible. "In the end, however, not one provider will prevail in the cloud market, but in the next ten to 15 years there will be a small number of larger providers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google and a larger number of smaller and more specialized cloud providers."
Cloud, server location and data protection are directly connected. The question of where the data is hosted and where it ends up physically is becoming increasingly important, especially in view of the basic European Data Protection Regulation that will come into force on 25 May. Also the US-american CLOUD Act is already causing concern in the companies. For the German middle class data protection is therefore of greatest relevance; 91 per cent consider it according to the initiative for information and Internet security as the most important IT security topic at all. A server location in Germany offers German SMEs the best legal security and creates trust between provider and customer.
"Interestingly, the issue of data protection is often only clarified very late in the digitization process," says Hasenkamp. This is due to the fact that many cloud solutions are first checked for technical suitability or move into a company uncontrollably in the course of a shadow IT development. But the compliance issue could be resolved fairly quickly with the focus on providers without a non-European parent company. "Regardless of how state access rights to data develop in third countries, the foundations of data security in Europe will not change. The CLOUD Act is therefore a toothless paper tiger for providers from Germany with a data location within the European Union."
The original CRN article (German) can be found here.