Keep your cloud close and your data closer

によって Mark Fazackerley

Why it’s imperative for Australian businesses to keep their cloud data in country

Everyone knows that more and more data is moving to the cloud. According to the latest research, 94% of all enterprises use cloud services and 48% of businesses store classified and important data in the cloud. While the cloud is ubiquitous, in practice it consists of data infrastructures in various locations around the world. The question of where the cloud data infrastructure storing your specific data is located is becoming increasingly important.

Data sovereignty laws have become prevalent

It seems like every day there is a new data breach where Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of consumers has been accessed by bad actors. The organizations victimized just this year include some of the best-known brands globally and locally – Ubiquiti, NAB, Easter Health, Bose, Experian, Facebook, LinkedIn, T-Mobile, and Volkswagen & Audi,  just to name a few. Not surprisingly, more and more countries are instituting laws mandating organizations to establish policies to safeguard personal information, manage the risk related to their data, and address their legal responsibilities businesses to better protect the PII of their citizens.

Most people think about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when the subject of data protection comes up, but that is far from the only legislation. According to Thales Group, “[t]oday there are more than 120 countries already engaged in some form of international privacy laws for data protection to ensure that citizens and their data are offered more rigorous protections and controls.” Many of these heavily regulate the transfer of PII outside the consumer’s country.

Map indicating regulation and enforcement of data laws across the globe

Data Protection Laws Around the World (DLA Piper website, Data Protection Laws of the World

Australia is no exception

The landscape for data protection and cybersecurity regulations in the Asia Pacific region have expanded quickly. As you can see in the graphic above, Australia is one of the countries in the region with the strongest regulations and enforcement practices.

Green screen of code with the outline of Australia and a padlock superimposed

The Australia Privacy Act of 1988 regulates the handling of personal information about individuals. There are 13 Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which regulate the collection, use, storage, and disclosure of “personal information” as well as ensure that individuals can access and correct their information. These regulations provide a number of rules and penalties governing cross-border disclosure of personal information and place the onus on protecting the privacy of such information on the Australian business entity. Depending on the type of information, the penalties can exceed AUD $10 million.

Talend cloud data infrastructure in Australia facilities data sovereignty compliance

Australia’s cloud market is growing rapidly and is expected reach $7.3 billion USD by the end of 2021, increasing 18.4% from last year, with cloud application services (SaaS) spending rising by 16.9%. As a result, Australia businesses — and global organizations with a significant presence in Australia — must be mindful of the APP data sovereignty regulations.

Limiting the cross-border disclosure of PII as much as possible significantly reduces the compliance burden of these regulations. Talend’s recently announced cloud data infrastructure in Australia does exactly this by enabling Talend’s expanding customer base in Australia to keep their data flowing through Talend in-country. Ultimately, this new cloud data infrastructure makes it easier for Australia organizations to address regional data sovereignty, privacy, and residency requirements, and put more data to work. A local cloud data infrastructure also helps businesses maintain flexibility to keep up with new industry and government regulations in the future.

Don’t forget about performance and security

In 2018, Talend launched its first cloud data infrastructure in the Asia Pacific region in Japan. The new cloud data infrastructure in Australia expands Talend’s cloud footstep in the region and provides several additional benefits to Talend’s cloud platform customers — in addition to compliance with data sovereignty laws — who decide to move to it:

  • Better local performance:  This new cloud data infrastructure will lead to faster extract and load time for Australia customers who are currently using Talend’s cloud services, either from the Japan cloud data infrastructure or from another cloud data infrastructure outside the Asia Pacific region.
  • Improved data security with residency: Maintaining data within the Asia Pacific region means the data does not have to make a long trip outside of the local area, reducing the risk of data security breaches in transit and easing worries about security measures. This will be particularly valuable for Australia and New Zealand customers, but can also be beneficial to other Asia Pacific region organizations as well.
  • Boost performance for AWS services: The new Australia cloud data infrastructure runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). As a result, there should be a performance boost for organizations using AWS services alongside Talend, such as Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon Aurora.

Talend’s cloud platform

Talend’s cloud platform is ideal for organizations that want to maximize the value of their data without having to make a large upfront investment in cost and time. Talend’s cloud platform eliminates the cost of maintaining and upgrading an on-premises data management solution, works across all data infrastructures, and ensures that our customers are always up to date with the latest version of Talend and our newest, most innovative features and functionalities.

Many businesses, from small businesses to some of the world’s largest enterprises, rely on Talend to easily extract, integrate, transform, govern, and analyze their on-premises and cloud data from multiple sources to deliver advanced data analytics. Our customers use Talend for a wide variety of use cases,  including customer engagement, data governance and compliance, and operations such as supply chain, procurement, manufacturing, and maintenance.

To find out more about Talend’s cloud platform and the advantages of our new Australia cloud data infrastructure, watch this webinar.