Great news for all our customers who have data and source systems in Europe. The 20th of June, 2017 marks an important milestone as we announce the expansion of Scribe’s operations with the opening of our European data center in Frankfurt, Germany. The new data center will give Scribe customers using cloud applications in Europe the possibility to process their data in Europe to ensure compliance with data sovereignty laws and to drive better application performance.
Read on to learn more about these and two more of our reasons for opening a European data center.
- Increased performance for customers with cloud applications and data in Europe
There are many factors that have an influence on cloud software performance, ranking from extremely technical to things that just make basic sense. Distance falls into the latter category. The shorter the distance data has to physically travel for a user to perform a task, the faster the application will run.
Knowing this, one of the biggest advantages of our new Frankfurt data center is an increase in performance for our customers with cloud systems and data in Europe. In the old situation, all cloud agents resided in the US, meaning that transactional data had to cross the ocean each time a Scribe solution moved data to/from cloud applications in Europe. Having a data center on the European continent means a shorter distance between the agents and their corresponding cloud applications, which results in faster performance.
- Data sovereignty
Apart from performance, some companies that operate in Europe have other concerns about moving or storing their data outside the EU. They want to have as much sovereignty over their data as possible, and want to prevent them from falling under foreign legal jurisdiction.
With the opening of our European data center in Frankfurt, Scribe addresses these concerns. Scribe Online processes all solution maps where the cloud agent is located, so having the cloud agents deployed in the European data center means that solution maps will also be processed in Europe. If a record fails and the user elects to store failed records for later processing, those records would also be stored locally in Europe. The new center, therefore, gives companies with applications in Europe an option to process data so that it never leaves the EU borders – which allows for easier compliancy.
- The road to GDPR
As of May 25, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in effect. The GDPR is a European regulation intended to strengthen and unify data protection for all citizens in the European Union. It will raise the bar for any organization that works with data, or in other words, for every organization.
And while the GDPR does not specifically state that data should be stored within EU borders, the opening of the European data center is one of the steps Scribe is taking to keep improving our data security and to make sure that they will be compliant with the new EU regulation.
- Blueprint for customers all over the world
For Scribe as an organization, the new Frankfurt data center means more than just having a local European presence. With our preparations for this new data center we were able to develop a blueprint that will help us roll-out local data centers in other regions as well in the near future.
And while we don’t have any specific plans for new data centers just yet, Scribe users in other regions of the world should stay tuned for more news in the future.
How to use the European data center
All new Scribe users will be given the option to deploy their cloud agents in the European Union or in the United States. Are you an existing customer and would you like to know more, please contact your Scribe representative to learn more about the possibilities.