Got your head in the cloud? Keep your feet on the ground!

A couple of weeks ago, ESI in partnership with NetApp, hosted a very special event on cloud computing & associated data privacy legal issues. Guest speaker for this event was non-other than Ms. Sheila FitzPatrick who is recognized by data protection authorities worldwide as one of the world’s leading experts on data protection legislation and the compliance process.

I had the chance to be briefed on this presentation by peers at ESI at which some of our clients were conveyed and one thing really hit me in the same way it hit all the participants at this event: the most important thing to remember with cloud services is that your company and you as a manager of that company will be held accountable for any data privacy issues of the cloud service provider you signed on with.

There you have it. You remain the owner and the person responsible for that data even though you no longer have control over it.

cloud-keyGiven that there is no transfer of legal responsibility from you to the cloud provider with regards to data, a long checkup list ensued that included questions such as: how does the cloud provider separate my data from other clients’ data? Where is it stored (under which jurisdiction)? How strong is encryption? How does it get moved to the cloud provider? Where are located my backups? How secure is data transfer?… This is only a very small sample of that checklist.

A local presence by a cloud provider doesn’t mean your data is entirely local. Often your backups are sent offshore in another country governed by different laws and in some cases this goes against the legislation to which your company must comply.

In short, cloud technology is much less about technology than it is about legal compliance, SLAs and contract management. Of course, there is still obviously a strong technology component to it. At ESI, and its network of partners like that of Ms. Sheila FitzPatrick from NetApp, we can help companies navigate through this to set their cloud strategy in motion in full understanding of what is at stake, since it all comes down to a question of risk management: what to move into a public cloud, what to keep in a private one.

Charles Tremblay, ESI Account Manager

VMware VForum: beyond the virtual

It took an event sponsored by the leaders and forerunners of virtualization to get the chance to have a human, warm and real contact. It is with a renewed pleasure that I participated in the VForum Event in Montreal on May 20, mingling with the crowd at our ESI Technologies booth to finally meet in person and not through text messages, tweets, blog posts or emails, peers of the industry, colleagues, manufacturers and clients.

VForum - ESI presentationAs we all know, clients are extremely sollicited in this everchanging IT context with the advent of cloud computing made possible by virtualization. So I got the privilege of shaking hands with many of you, to talk, listen, understand and establish a real contact instead of a virtual one! We hope to have the pleasure to guide, help and advise you in this IT fast pace era where you are being courted from all sides to adopt the newest and latest technologies. For over 20 years, ESI is and remains a trusted partner to help you align technological choices with your real business needs and leverage them for your benefit! A team of people that put their efforts in the success of the most important people to them: you, our clients! Thank you for stopping by in such high number to meet with ESI’s team.

Charles Tremblay, ESI Account Manager