How cloud operators can help mitigate the onerous tasks of GDPR responsibilities

With the onset of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in May 2018, data protection requirements will become more stringent. The responsibilities placed on an organisation relating to the data it holds will be two-fold:

  • As a data controller (where the organisation enters and maintains personal data), the organisation must comply with rules concerning consent, access and transferability
  • As a data processor [where the organisation holds data on its own servers] it must follow regulation by ensuring high level cyber security, physical hardware...

By Joseph Blass, 25 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe, Security.

Not so fantastic Mr Fox: How the cloud enables British business to work harder than ever

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During a speech at a Conservative Way Forward event on September 9, Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, said that Britain had become “too lazy and too fat”, with businessmen preferring “golf on a Friday afternoon” to trying to boost the country’s prosperity.

While somewhat diffused by Downing Street later as “clearly private views”, his statement was certainly thought provoking.

As the CEO of a company that provides cloud-based IT...

By Joseph Blass, 16 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Software.

Safe Harbour struck down: Will smaller European cloud providers step into the breach?

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On October 6, the European Union's highest court struck down a transatlantic pact used by thousands of companies to transfer Europeans' personal information to the US.

The pact known as Safe Harbour was introduced over 15 years ago and it allows companies and countries outside the EU to declare that they adhere to the stricter privacy and data protection rules set by the European Union. Striking down the Safe Harbour arrangement came in light of recent evidence that foreign...

By Joseph Blass, 19 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Europe.

Disaster recovery and backup - and all that is between them

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Everyone should back up important or valuable data, whether that data is family photos for individuals or business documents for companies. Individuals may be happy to buy a local hard drive and put it in the attic but for companies where their business depends on their emails or file records it would make sense to have a more robust solution.

Many companies are now backing up their data with cloud vendors. Besides the relative simplicity of this solution, it makes commercial sense to store...

By Joseph Blass, 13 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Data Management, Disaster Recovery, Security.

Google is moving towards the hosted desktop – but they can go one step further

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Recently I read a fascinating article by Rachel King in the WSJ CIO Journal titled “Google moves its corporate applications to the Internet”. This article was of particular interest to me because I manage a company that offers a hosted desktop solution to SMEs, and what is described as Google’s “new approach” is the approach that our customers have been...

By Joseph Blass, 11 August 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise, Google, Security.