Cloudian and SME launch GDPR-ready file sync-and-share solution

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Cloudian and Storage Made Easy (SME) have launched a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-ready, enterprise-wide file sync-and-share solution, designed to eliminate the compliance exposure of external cloud-based file sharing services where personal data or company confidential information may reside outside the direct control of the IT organisation.

The combined solution includes on-premises storage and GDPR-ready collaboration software with access controls and content indexing to continuously monitor for the use of regulated personal data, recognising more than 60 data types including credit card, passport and social security numbers.

Cloudian/SME solution lets IT managers control their data’s physical location and manage access permissions via existing company authentication frameworks such as Active Directory and LDAP.

“With GDPR now in effect, organisations must implement tight controls over data location and usage — particularly when personal data is at stake — requirements that most cloud-based services do not meet,” said Michael Tso, CEO of Cloudian. “The Cloudian/SME solution gives IT managers peace-of-mind, with end-to-end control of data location and access, and a continuous view of where files are stored, how they are shared, and where personal data is employed.”

Compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android platforms, the solution includes configurable synchronisation options that let users control where data is replicated, and integration with Microsoft Office and email applications that allow users to securely access and share files.

“Users are going to share information, but that does not mean that IT managers need to lose control. The challenge is to provide easy-to-use file sharing that boosts productivity while ensuring that sensitive information remains secure,” said Jim Liddle, CEO of Storage Made Easy. “Cloudian and SME together provide the best of both worlds, combining the simplicity of a cloud-like solution, the security of on-premises storage, and the comprehensive compliance enforcement afforded by our GDPR-ready feature set.”

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David Dungay

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