When we first started Storage Made Easy (or SMEStorage as it was in its original incarnation) we had a vision of software that provided a unification hub for corporate data, a single place where companies could manage content and set common policies for their company data..
Our vision embraced multicloud early, in fact way before multicloud was in-vogue the company’s tagline was ‘SMEStorage the multicloud company’.
The very first Cloud connector we added was Amazon S3, way before Amazon Web Services was the behemouth it is today.
If you ask many companies they may not think about their data being multi-cloud. The thinking is more about their application estate.
On pressing you will be told that they may have windows filers, have a NAS or SAN, perhaps are using object storage either on-premises or on-cloud with something like Amazon S3, use email, perhaps outsourced to someone like Google, which also provide their employees with a cloud drive, are using a cloud based CRM such as Salesforce and perhaps a raft of other cloud based Apps that have file storing capabilities.
Congratulations, that is what a multi-cloud data company looks like in 2019 !
I have seen a lot of FUD on GDPR and Compliance recently, and a lot of non European firms paying lip service to offering GDPR compliance solutions, and when you take a deeper look, those claims fall down pretty easily.
To that end I pulled together the five questions I think you should be asking your existing, or proposed, SaaS software vendor with regards to GDPR Compliance:
Although it is hard to be aware of it in the eye of the storm, we are currently undergoing a fourth industrial revolution, centred around data. The last industrial revolution from the 1970’s brought us many of the things that we are familiar with today. Efficiency improvements in the storage, access and analysis of data is what is fuelling the fourth industrial revolution and includes industry changing technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IOT).