Calligo boosts data privacy in the cloud to comply with tough new regulations

Overview
The European Union’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation represents a seismic shift in data protection. To allay clients’ growing concerns over where their data resides in a cloud environment, Calligo decided to launch Microsoft Azure cloud services hosted in its own jurisdictions on Lenovo ThinkAgile systems. The company is working closely with Lenovo to make this vision a reality – giving clients the services they want and the data protection they need.
 
“We’re looking forward to launching our new Azure services, and are working closely with the Lenovo team to get everything ready. We know that we can rely on Lenovo to support us whatever the future brings.”
 —Julian Box,
Founder and CEO,
Calligo
 
Solution components
Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack
•             Lenovo System x3650 M5 with Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family
•             Lenovo RackSwitch G8272
•             Microsoft Azure Stack
•             Lenovo XClarity
 
Other cloud solutions
Lenovo System x3550 M5 with Intel Xeon E5 processor family
Lenovo NeXtScale
 
“By running Microsoft Azure Stack on Lenovo hardware in our own jurisdictions, we will be able to deliver the Azure services that clients want, with the peace of mind of having their data reside within the correct EU zone.”
 —Julian Box,
Founder and CEO,
Calligo
 
Calligo is an innovative cloud service provider, offering enterprise-grade data privacy and security to mid-sized companies. The company provides unparalleled application performance and data security guarantees, commercial flexibility and personalized support for its cloud platforms. Calligo delivers a platform that businesses can trust, designed to provide the highest levels of service and protection.

Spotting challenges on the horizon
As cloud adoption continues to grow at a ferocious pace, so too do concerns about data privacy, security and residency. More and more businesses are waking up to the fact that their data could be stored anywhere in the world – and that this brings further challenges.
Calligo was founded with the aim of enhancing cloud computing, and the company has built data protection into every aspect of its operations.

Julian Box, Founder and CEO of Calligo, begins: “Using cloud services means that very often you don’t know where your data is physically stored, or the details of how it is protected. We saw an opportunity to do things differently by putting data protection at the very heart of our services.”

The European Union’s (EU) forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018, and represents a fundamental change in data protection law. The GDPR states that for any organization holding personal data, EU citizens will have the right to access, correct, transfer or delete their personal information at any time. Non-compliance comes with severe penalties of up to EUR 20 million, or 4 percent of the worldwide annual revenue of the prior financial year, whichever is higher.

To meet the requirements set out in the GDPR, many organizations are completely re-thinking their approach to data management.

Julian Box remarks: “The GDPR represents a huge challenge for cloud service providers. Happily, this is an area where we have very strong expertise.

“We’ve seen a surge in demand for Calligo cloud services since the GDPR was announced. Many companies based in the EU want to continue using Microsoft Azure services, but, for regulatory requirements, they would prefer to have their data reside in the EU, rather than in US data centers. To tap into this fresh demand, we set out to offer Azure services from our own jurisdictions.”

Solid foundation
To deliver secure, GDPR-compliant Microsoft application and Azure services – such as SharePoint-as-a-Service or SQL-as-a-Service – to its clients, Calligo is working closely with Microsoft and Lenovo. Soon, it will become one of the first companies in the world to adopt the Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack, a pre-integrated, turnkey, software-defined solution.

Co-engineered by Lenovo and Microsoft, the Lenovo ThinkAgile SX for Microsoft Azure Stack will enable Calligo to deliver Azure services as an extension of the Azure public cloud from the security of its own jurisdictions. Powered by the Intel® Xeon® E5 processor family, the Lenovo ThinkAgile SX solution delivers the high level of performance required to support smooth Microsoft Azure services.

“We’ve been working with Lenovo for many years now, and the technology and the support team have always provided stellar service,” says Julian Box. “We use Lenovo System x3550 M5 and NeXtScale servers to host a wide range of our cloud services, and we know from experience that Lenovo technology is both reliable and flexible.”

Running on Lenovo servers, Calligo can offer application performance guarantees for its cloud services at a lower cost than many traditional cloud vendors, including Amazon Web Services. The company also offers strategic onboarding services based on clients’ individual business needs in addition to full GDPR analytics services with guaranteed EU compliancy.
Julian Box adds: “We’re big fans of the Lenovo XClarity tool, which enables us to manage our entire infrastructure centrally and alerts us to any potential bottlenecks or issues – helping us to keep performance levels high.

“The fact that our new ThinkAgile Azure Stack solution will come racked and ready to go is a huge plus. It will take all the hassle out of the installation and ensure that we’re up and running as quickly as possible, accelerating our time-to-value. And because Lenovo will take care of all the firmware and Microsoft updates, we’ll be free to focus on our core business.”

Enticing clients with tempting new services
With the Lenovo and Azure stack solution, Calligo will be able to meet growing client demand for highly available, super-scalable Microsoft application services.

Julian Box explains: “By running Microsoft Azure Stack on Lenovo hardware in our own jurisdictions, we will be able to deliver the Azure services that clients want, with the peace of mind of having their data reside within the correct EU zone.”

Supported by Lenovo technology, Calligo is confident that it can deliver high-performance, highly flexible cloud services that offer clients the level of data protection they need to comply with the GDPR.

Julian Box concludes: “We’re looking forward to launching our new Azure services, and are working closely with the Lenovo team to get everything ready. We know that we can rely on Lenovo to support us whatever the future brings.”

For more information
To learn more about Lenovo Data Center Systems solutions, contact your Lenovo Sales Representative or Lenovo Business Partner, or visit: www.lenovo.com/data-center

For more information about Calligo, visit: calligo.cloud or connect with @CalligoCloud
 
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