Deployment to provide data residency assurances to Canadian and US businesses concerned about GDPR, CLOUD Act or regulator approval, and creates one of the world’s largest networks of multi-tenant Azure Stacks

TORONTO, CANADA – 29th AUGUST 2018 — / — Calligo, the data optimization and privacy specialist, today announces it is now offering Microsoft Azure Stack services from its Canadian branch in Toronto. This is Calligo’s fifth Azure Stack deployment, creating one of the world’s largest networks of fully-owned, multi-tenanted Azure Stacks.

Calligo’s Toronto Azure Stack expansion, which was opened ahead of schedule and already has clients on board, helps ensure that data will stay within Canada’s geographical and legal borders. Canadian businesses that will have particular data residency concerns include:

Those who need assurances that their data will stay solely within Canada, and not be duplicated or hosted elsewhere abroad. For example, those that come under the remit of GDPR through their processing of the personal information of EU citizens.

Businesses who would prefer not to store their sensitive data within US-headquartered public cloud platforms due to potential data access capabilities under the CLOUD Act.

Canada’s accountancy, legal, investment and healthcare industries, amongst others, whose respective regulators place great importance in the safeguarding and control of client data. The data isolation, localisation and security capabilities of Azure Stack, and the transparency of the exact environment the data is held in, make it easier to satisfy the regulators’ expectations and provide internal reassurance.

Calligo’s Toronto Azure Stack expansion will also serve US businesses who would prefer not to store their sensitive data within the US due to potential data access capabilities under the Patriot’s Act and similar, but equally do not want to compromise on performance by storing their data too far beyond the US.

Calligo’s longstanding specialism in data privacy, combined with its heritage in delivering public and hybrid Azure services, makes it an ideal partner for businesses who wish to take full advantage of Azure’s market-leading tools, capabilities and scale, but have to date not been able to due to concerns over data residency.

“Data privacy has risen in importance to such a degree that barely a business in the world is not materially affected by it,” commented Julian Box, CEO and Founder of Calligo. “Canadian businesses are certainly no different, whether by virtue of having EU customers, concerns over foreign government data access, or sitting within verticals that have clear expectations of their members’ data privacy measures. Opening a multi-tenanted Microsoft Azure Stack in Toronto, to add to our four others across the globe, gives these businesses a robust and secure way to meet their privacy obligations – and to proactively assure their own customers of the respect they will pay to their data.”

Khalil Alfar, Director of Cloud & Enterprise Business Group, Microsoft Canada said, “As more Canadian businesses look to adopt cloud technology to increase agility and drive faster innovation, they are also looking for a hybrid cloud model that can support any diverse and specific business needs including industry regulation and data sovereignty concerns. This is why we created Azure Stack, an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to the customer’s own environments. We’re pleased to see companies like Calligo offer these solutions to enable Canadian businesses to innovate quickly while supporting their unique data governance and regulatory compliance requirements.”

“Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud extension of Azure bringing ‘easy’ back to IT with a turnkey, certified, lifecycle managed solution,” said Shekhar Mishra, Director of Software Defined Infrastructure at Lenovo Data Center Group. “With integrated solutions based on Lenovo’s ultra-reliable infrastructure, Calligo will be able to deliver IaaS and PaaS services similar to public cloud with the assurances of privacy and security of their own data center. This is especially reassuring for customers in sectors such as legal, financial, and healthcare where data security is a major concern.”

Calligo’s Toronto Azure Stack is located in a Q9 Datacentre, and has full N+1 redundancy. Physical security is on hand 24/7 with extensive video surveillance, bullet resistant entrances and biometric controls. Internet provision utilises six providers for redundancy. The facilities are compliant to SOC 1 Type 2, SOC 2 Type 2, ISO 270001, Protected B Document Safeguarding Capability (DSC) and are PCI DSS certified for physical security standards.

Calligo’s network of Azure Stack integrated systems includes the only Azure Stack deployments in Jersey and Guernsey in the Channel Islands, two in Luxembourg (making Calligo the largest provider in the country), and now Toronto. Further deployments in Vancouver and London will follow during the remainder of 2018 as part of Calligo’s strategic plans to continue the growth of its global Azure Stack network.

Agency Contact:
Jess Hawkes
Digital PR Specialist
T: 01158 242 212

Source: Calligo



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