GDPR v.s. the Global Data Center Business

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First, enter the “good side” aka GDPR

EU is delivering hard data protection regulatory drive since 1995. And EU data protection drive it is to become much tougher from 2018-05-28.

EU is unwilling to host any more Global DC’s owned by BIG3.  EU has also inaugurated GDPR that directly contradicts the global nature of the BIG3 global business. GDPR is all about fencing and shepherding the data. In order to protect the personal data about individuals.

Especially post-Snowden (NSA) revelations and this still ongoing affair, Global DC’s are very quickly made into key economic and defence assets of each country. Still, they are global in nature.

Thus EU regulators have decided to address this dichotomy. Private businesses of the BIG3 vs global data blanket they have layered over the globe.

What BIG3 consider security is their own security. What GDPR considers security is individuals data security.

GDPR has the territorial scope. BIG3 have global scope.


Second: the “other side”

What is BIG3?

There are hundreds of companies globally which own, build and operate thousands of Data Centers. But. There is only 3 of them which are capable of very large investments and which are winning and expanding the worldwide network of so-called “Global Data Centres”.


  1. Microsoft

  2. Google

  3. Amazon


What is Global Data Centre?

Key Technology of BIG3 is (Global) Data Center.  What is Data Center (very) simplified? It is a location hosting the computer power required for each of them to provide computing services. Due to the business logic, security, operations, logistic, finance and technology each of the global BIG3 needs to have a global, super resilient and super fast, network of Data Centers. Purpose? To allow for constant global information super flow.

Global Data Center contains 25.000 or more computers.

Due to the geopolitical issues, none of them BIG3 can achieve a technically ideal distribution of DC’s over the planet’s surface.


All of the BIG3  have covered the “blue shield” regions: North America and EU. A Large part of this planet remains non-hospitable to BIG3 DC’s.

Each of BIG3 has so-called “regional data centres”. But none of them is considered to be a “global data centre” class. All of the BIG3 depend on the constant uninterrupted operation of the global data centres gird.

There are regional (not global) DC’s in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South A., New Zealand, Australia.

Russia, India and China are currently unwilling to host global DC’s owned by BIG3.

Large portions of South America, Africa and Asia are uncovered.

NOTE: this coverage data is partially a speculation. It is, of course, very difficult to find out exactly where in the world, actually are Global and Regional DC’s owned by BIG3. The reason being security.

Global Data Blanket

This is the current description of the whole system. And it is not going to change. Globally all data centres constantly communicate to each other. Even between different companies. At the speed of light.

It is largely irrelevant to which of the BIG3 this data centres belong. They are all networked.
It is largely irrelevant to which of the BIG3 this data centres belong. They are all networked.


The ultimate aim of each of the BIG3 is to have the best possible global coverage.  To make the global DC network ultimately resilient and able to function uninterrupted, each global DC is shadowed with a secondary DC, aka “Recovery Position”.

Secondary DC or “Recovery Position” automatically replaces the primary DC if and when primary DC stops working.  This switch must be instant and transparent (aka invisible) to the global data blanket


And GDPR requires quite the opposite: visible and manageable global data flow. And above all ultimately controllable by all citizens. Not visible, but controllable.

Primary and secondary DC are collocated relatively local to each other. The distance between Primary and Secondary DC has to be approx. 50 km.

Infrastructure between Primary DC and Secondary DC has to be very fast and resilient.
Infrastructure between Primary DC and Secondary DC has to be very fast and resilient.


Very often it is purposely built just to connect two DC’s. The quality of this replication infrastructure between Primary and Secondary DC’s has to be highest possible.

Thus us the users will have an uninterrupted network and data flow. Constantly and for good.

24 x 7 x 365 x (for good).


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