Since Amazon introduced its “Simple Storage Service” (S3) for object data storage in 2006, this technical offering has become a quasi-industry standard. S3 enables companies to store large amounts of data in any format in the Amazon cloud and quickly find and retrieve them. Typical usage examples are Big Data, IoT data, or image and video storage.
However, in recent years, many European companies have begun seeking an alternative to the market leader Amazon S3. While the EU has significantly tightened the legal requirements for data protection, US legislators, in contrast, have considerably expanded the possibilities for their intelligence agencies to access the data of non-American customers of US companies.