Cloud computing—Belgium—Q&A guide
Cloud computing—Belgium—Q&A guide

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  • Cloud computing—Belgium—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—Belgium—Q&A guide

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

Authors: DLA Piper—Kristof De Vulder; Raf Schoefs; Alizée Stappers

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

Although the rise of cloud technologies on the Belgian market has required some time, today nearly everything seems to be ‘cloud’. A market study conducted by Beltug (the largest Belgian association of digital technology leaders) in 2019 shows useful insights in the Belgian cloud market and confirms the strong position of cloud technologies.

In respect of software-as-as-service (SaaS), the market study notes that almost 73 per cent of the companies are using SaaS, whereas this figure was only 44 per cent in 2017. Furthermore, it must be noted that CRM and HR are among the most popular SaaS solutions.

Furthermore, a high uptake of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) must be noted, that is, 35 per cent of the companies are using PaaS and 37 per cent IaaS (whereas both figures were only 10 per cent in 2017). These figures demonstrate that cloud will most likely be the IT infrastructure of the future. Noteworthy in this respect is that the Belgian IaaS market is quite concentrated, whereby 61 per cent of the companies works with

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