Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Cloud computing has emerged as a major ICT trend and has been acknowledged as a key theme of industry by prominent ICT organizations. However, one of the major challenges that face the cloud computing concept and its global acceptance is how to secure and protect the data that is the property of the user. The geographic location of cloud data storage centers is an important issue for many organizations and individuals due to the regulations and laws that require data and operations to reside in specific geographic locations. Thus, data owners may need to ensure that their cloud providers do not compromise the SLA contract and move their data into another geographic location.