• At Kemp Little, we are known for our ability to serve the very particular needs of a large but diverse technology client base. Our hands-on industry know-how makes us a good fit with many of the world's biggest technology and digital media businesses, yet means we are equally relevant to companies with a technology bias, in sectors such as professional services, financial services, retail, travel and healthcare.
  • Kemp Little specialises in the technology and digital media sectors and provides a range of legal services that are crucial to fast-moving, innovative businesses.Our blend of sector awareness, technical excellence and responsiveness, means we are regularly ranked as a leading firm by directories such as Legal 500, Chambers and PLC Which Lawyer. Our practice areas cover a wide range of legal issues and advice.
  • Our Commercial Technology team has established itself as one of the strongest in the UK. We are ranked in Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and PLC Which Lawyer, with four of our partners recommended.
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Are banks ready for Cloud?

The move to the cloud, and the generational shift in computing that it represents, is well under way but we are still at the start of the journey. Illustrating the point, Amazon Web Services head Andy Jassy compared the shift to the cloud with the development of the electricity grid:

“One hundred and fifty years ago, most companies generated their own electricity on the premises and it was a completely natural thing to do. But then, with the advent of the grid, the economies were such that it didn’t really make sense to generate your own electricity, even though you could. I think that we’re at the beginning of a similar shift.”

Just how far this change will take us is brought home by the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) in its ‘Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds’, aimed at stimulating thought about possible global trajectories during the next 15 to 20 years. In characterising the role of IT as one of a number of ‘game-changers’, the report spoke of the increasing comprehensiveness and pervasiveness of the Cloud:

“Information technology is entering the big data era.  Process power and data storage are becoming almost free; networks and the cloud will provide global access and pervasive services; social media and cyber-security will be large new markets. This growth and diffusion will present significant challenges for governments and societies, which must find ways to capture the benefits of new IT technologies …”

The NIC foresees three trends and four ‘technological developments’ that will accelerate the use of IT globally by 2030.  The trends -  really applications  of Moore’s law  that computer processor power doubles every eighteen months - are that computer memory costs will drop to 5% of today’s prices, data storage prices will be 1% of today’s prices and network efficiency will increase by a factor of over 200. The main technological developments are likely to be the supremacy of mobile devices, cheap and smart digital storage, bots for running automated tasks and the cloud, of which it says:

“The shift to cloud architecture will improve utilization rates of computing infrastructure and   optimize network use. The cloud also will put increased computing capability and meaningful analysis in the hands of 80 percent of the world’s population.”

Given these overarching IT themes, Kemp Little LLP held a seminar focussed on the following question: “To what extent will financial services companies be able to exploit cloud technology now and  in the future?”

The brochure summarises the thoughts of a panel of speakers including: (i) Matthew Reid, Director, Visa Europe, (ii) Glen Robinson, Solution Architecture Manager, Amazon Web Services (AWS), (iii) Jim Odell, Partner, Kemp Little Consulting, and (iv) Paul Hinton a Commercial Technology Partner, Kemp Little.  The panellists decided that in this context, “cloud computing” generally refers only to public cloud environments which have three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting:

  • it is sold on demand, typically by the minute or the hour;
  • the service is fully-managed by the provider (the consumer needs nothing but a personal computerandInternetaccess).

A number of interesting trends were highlighted including that:

  • In the future we will see the development and adoption of cloud standards which will provide more certainty about standards that apply within the cloud and ensure cloud environments can meet legal and regulatory obligations imposed on financial services companies.
  • Cloud providers are quickly becoming better at selling to financial services companies by offering cloud environments tailored to meet financial services’ needs. For example, they are restricting the geographic location of data, and meeting particular security standards.
  • Software tools and solutions are also coming into the market which can reduce the risks associated with moving data into a cloud, for example by the level of associated securities and control over the stored data.
  • Over time,it’slikelythat a lotofbank data and services willbe runviacloud environments, although it’s unlikely that one size fits all solution will ever work with all types of data and services. In any event, this will take time to develop and some data and services will always be too valuable to be run remotely.

To view the banks and cloud brochure, please click here

For further information, please contact Paul Hinton, Commercial Technology Partner