There is a lot of discussion currently going on in Switzerland about Swiss clouds. Local providers are trying to secure their market share through leveraging “Swissness” and local data storage. While this seems to be interesting in the first moment, it starts to fall apart as soon as cost gets involved or the innovation power of the provider. To give you an example: Microsoft is currently investing more than $1 billion in research and development for security only. This excludes acquisitions. There is simply no way that any local company can even match that.
Now, the key argument is legislation. Well, let me not get into that but let somebody else talk:
Sven Millischer, a Swiss journalist, recently published an interesting article on it: Cloud Computing – Die Mär von der Schweizer Wolke. If you are challenged with German, let it translate, it is worth it (I think).