Location of Data
A key focus for regulators, government and corporate users of cloud computing services is the location of data. It is a key focus because data is subject to the laws of each country in which it is stored.
The right of a government or other jurisdictional authority to apply its own laws to data stored in its territory is otherwise known as “data sovereignty”.
It has become a key (if not the key) legal and regulatory issue for cloud computing services because:
- for many cloud computing service providers, the location of the cloud service (and the data)
- is not fixed and guarantees are not provided about the location of data;
- the data could be located anywhere in the World;
- the data would be subject to the laws of those countries (such as regarding privacy and data protection).
Data Sovereignty and Harbour IT
Harbour IT takes data storage and access very seriously and it is one of our five core competencies that form the cornerstone of the Harbour IT Cloud environment.
It is important to note that all Harbour IT services provided on the Harbour IT Cloud preserve data sovereignty in Australia, meaning all data is stored here in Australia, in Australian Data Centres. No data on the Harbour IT Cloud is sent or stored by Harbour IT outside of Australia.
The infrastructure supporting the Harbour IT Cloud is located in several Data Centres throughout Australia and customers have the option to operate cloud services across these locations, providing true geographical redundancy.