February 20, 2018


With enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to begin on May 25, all companies – regardless of their location – could face stiff fines for non-compliance of how they handle customer data for European citizens.

There are already are dozens of articles explaining the rules and impacts that GDPR encompass, but what practical solutions are you going to use? In today’s blog, we are going to recommend a simple solution to the problem of GDPR.

But let’s start with the basics.

What is GDPR and why should I care?

The GDPR was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ privacy, and to reshape the way organizations approach data privacy. You should care about this because clouds will not be exempt from GDPR enforcement. This could have serious implications because data stored in the cloud could inadvertently change country locations based on where the server resides. Only with a hybrid cloud solution can you select which data resides in a cloud and which data must stay on-premises.

What does ioFABRIC offer that would help me?

ioFABRIC Vicinity delivers cloud-like economics across an organization’s storage with hybrid cloud storage.

Existing storage infrastructures can be transformed into an on-premises private cloud, delivering a storage-as-a-service model to the organization. Local storage can be connected to public clouds, expertly managed by Vicinity as a unified hybrid cloud storage platform.

Most importantly, Vicinity enables policies to be set to ensure compliance, specifying geographical locations that specific data is allowed to reside, and tailoring data migration and protection rules. These rules can be adjusted based on future data storage regulations, ensuring that companies are always compliant.

Why use a hybrid cloud?

The answer is simple: hybrid cloud solutions mitigate the risks associated with data residency regulations. It’s easy to comply with GDPR when using a hybrid cloud.

As part of a data governance plan, hybrid clouds enable users to determine exactly how – and where – their data resides and how it is managed.

By keeping data that needs to comply with GDPR on-premises, and non-regulated data moved to the public cloud, you have better control over the availability, integrity, and security of this information avoiding massive financial penalties of non-compliance.

Learn more about how ioFABRIC helps organizations unlock the value of true hybrid cloud storage while maintaining regulatory compliance.

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