Cloud computing—Austria—Q&A guide

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  • Cloud computing—Austria—Q&A guide
  • 1. What kinds of cloud computing transactions take place in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. Who are the global international cloud providers active in your jurisdiction?
  • 3. Name the local cloud providers established and active in your jurisdiction. What cloud services do they provide?
  • 4. How well established is cloud computing? What is the size of the cloud computing market in your jurisdiction?
  • 5. Are data and studies on the impact of cloud computing in your jurisdiction publicly available?
  • 6. Does government policy encourage the development of your jurisdiction as a cloud computing centre for the domestic market or to provide cloud services to foreign customers?
  • 7. Are there fiscal or customs incentives, development grants or other government incentives to promote cloud computing operations in your jurisdiction?
  • 8. Is cloud computing specifically recognised and provided for in your legal system? If so, how?
  • 9. Does legislation or regulation directly and specifically prohibit, restrict or otherwise govern cloud computing, in or outside your jurisdiction?
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Cloud computing—Austria—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to cloud computing in Austria published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: July 2020).

Authors: Maybach Görg Lenneis Geréd—Árpád Geréd

1. What kinds of cloud computing transactions take place in your jurisdiction?

Austria has seen a rising adoption of cloud computing applications in recent years. Although less than a decade ago the legal possibility of using cloud computing was still widely discussed, now most Austrian businesses make use of cloud computing offerings, ranging from full cloud-sourcing to single applications.

Of the various XaaS offerings, the use of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) as well as software-as-a-service (SaaS) are the most prevalent. Due to the large amount of small and medium-sized businesses, cloud storage and backup solutions as well as cloud applications are statistically used most and have a very high acceptance in relation to the number of businesses. This is also due to even small IT service providers offering managed or cloud solutions, usually related to storage and backup. Those offerings are hosted either at the providers’ own data centres or collocated at premises of a larger provider mostly in Austria or Germany.

The systematic and strategic use of multiple cloud offerings, up to full cloud-sourcing is usually reserved to IT- or medium-sized to large companies in Austria. However, even there private and

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