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Druva cloud expands to help Brexit, GDPR reg challenges

Organizations have a 'heightened awareness' about increasingly prevalent data protection regulations, and Druva's three new cloud locations aim to aid compliance.

Druva is supporting new public cloud data centers in three countries to help organizations align to challenging regulations.

The data protection vendor is making Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) locations in Canada, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong available for Druva customers to store their data. They are the first cloud data centers Druva supports in those countries.

In the last year, Druva has seen a sharp increase in concern from companies that have to align to regulations in a given region, said Dave Packer, vice president of corporate and product marketing at the vendor, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

"We want customers to know ... we're facilitating that alignment for you," Packer said.

Druva cloud expansion 'measured and steady'

The new Druva cloud sites will enable companies to host their data in locations that best meet their specific requirements around data residency, location and transfer, according to the vendor. Specifically:

  • In Canada, the location enables private-sector customers to manage data in accordance with the country's Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, a federal privacy law that regulates how and where Canadian citizen data is stored.
  • The U.K. center will help customers meet data sovereignty regulations as the country begins the Brexit process of leaving the European Union.
  • The Hong Kong region aids customers in meeting varying local data protection guidelines.

The Canada and Hong Kong locations went live in the first quarter of 2017, while the United Kingdom's Druva cloud data center is expected to be running in the next two months.

"Druva's continued global expansion has been a measured and steady process that demonstrates attention to meeting regional data sovereignty requirements, rather than an effort to simply blanket the world by picking convenient locations on the map," Robert Rhame, research director in backup technologies and storage at Gartner, wrote in an email.

In addition to dealing with Brexit, the Information Commissioner's Office in the United Kingdom has indicated that it will follow the data protection rules of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to Druva.

"In the case of Brexit, citizen data stored outside of the U.K. in the EU that must meet sovereignty requirements will have to be pulled back and stored within the U.K. region," Packer said. "In the case of GDPR, the U.K. data center will help U.K. companies to segregate EU citizen data from U.K. citizen data so they can be managed distinctly from each other."

Druva's continued global expansion has been a measured and steady process that demonstrates attention to meeting regional data sovereignty requirements.
Robert Rhameresearch director in backup technologies and storage, Gartner

While awareness of GDPR is increasing, Rhame said many organizations don't know where to start in trying to meet the regulations.

"For organizations outside the EU, it means a fundamental redesign of how personal data is handled," Rhame wrote. "Having the capability to get insight into what personal data an organization has in its possession is going to be paramount. Discovery capabilities to be able to respond to requests by data owners and policy enforcement to be able to automatically manage exceptions of policy on endpoints are both a good starting point.

"No one product is going to be a silver bullet for the GDPR, though," he wrote, "and organizations that successfully navigate their way to May 2018 (when the GDPR takes effect) will use a combination of technology, revised policy and process."

Companies have a "heightened awareness" in making sure they are aligned to regulations, Druva's Packer said.

"Prior to this, these regions weren't available to our customers, and many organizations would make the choice to back up to the next closest region with the consideration that averting data loss risks trumped regional storage," he said. "Or companies we've engaged with would make the decision to stay on their legacy on-premises system until a region became available where they required it."

Druva cloud support for Azure is first, with AWS to follow, Packer said. In addition, he said, Druva is looking at mainland China for a future data center, but it's more complicated than opening one in Hong Kong because of Chinese regulations and laws.

Druva claims more than 4,000 customers, approximately 20 data centers and 32 PB of data under management.

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