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Physical location of data will become irrelevant by 2020, says Gartner

Computer Weekly - The physical location of corporate data will become irrelevant by 2020, replaced by a combination of other criteria, according to a Gartner report.

Gartner said the location of where companies store data will become “increasingly irrelevant” in the post-Prism era, and will be determined by a combination of legal, political and logical considerations.

According to the analyst firm, the number of data residency and sovereignty discussions has soared in the past 12 months, stalling technology innovation in many organisations. These discussions were fueled by revelations of NSA surveillance, it said.

“IT leaders find themselves entangled in data residency discussions on different levels and with various stakeholders such as legal advisors, customers, regulatory authorities, employee representatives, business management and the public,” said Gartner research vice-president Carsten Casper.