Keynote on Tuesday from Raghu talks about the emerging industry and VMware Cloud Providers playing a key role in delivering Sovereign Services in their jurisdiction, highlighting some of the recent Sovereign Cloud partners, and William Lam discussing Sovereign Cloud in detail, followed by Rajeev Bhardwaj who unveiled the Sovereign Cloud innovations in Solutions Keynote: 5 Ways VMware Cloud Can Take You from Cloud Chaos to Cloud Smart
Francisco Mingorance from CISPE talks about the position of EU Digital Regulation for protecting Sovereignty and immunity from a foreign jurisdiction. This was an interesting presentation discussing the EU Regulatory landscape for Cloud Sovereignty looking at GDPR Chapter 5 on Transfers or Disclosures not authorized by Union law – and adequacy decisions, as well as the New US-EU Privacy Shield and European strategy for data and Data Act Article 27. All pointing to the fact that we are at least 18 months or more away from a legislative cloud service immunity from a foreign jurisdiction.
Francesco Bonfiglio, the CEO of Gaia-X speaking about the European strategy for data, the Gaia-X Cloud and data spaces, and particularly the Trust model and impact on data. A framework like Gaia-X is needed as currently in Europe we have disjointed Data & Infrastructures Ecosystems, and a lack of transparency, control & interoperability – stagnating innovation. The good news is that Gaia-X aims to address interop, control and transparency and it’s coming soon with the first Gaia-X clearing house BETA – Q4CY22, (Lighthouse Projects only) and GA expected in Q1CY23.
The next session is a detailed analysis of whether we have adequate levels of protection on legally transferring personal data out of EEA members, by Tanguy van Overstraeten, Global Head of Privacy and Data Protection at Linklaters. Tanguy covers whitelisted countries recognized as providing adequate protection, safeguards with standard contract clauses, and binding corporate rules. Finally, he covers derogations of consent and interest. This is a very complex area with 100’s of legislative pages assigned to some of the legislations and Tanguy really shed some light on these key areas mentioned to cover what Cloud Providers and Customers need to know about privacy, whether industrial or personal, being the same priority and subject to much of the same legislation.
Rahiel Nasir from IDC covering some great statistics from very recent EU research sponsored by VMware. The research covered areas like which countries were more concerned about Digital Sovereignty and what industry verticals.