GDPR represents huge opportunity for Channel with Commvault Data Governance Solutions
May 25th, 2018

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Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud today announced continued business expansion by its ecosystem of channel partners worldwide as a result of the implementation of the Commvault Data Platform as the foundation of wider General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) solutions.

Many organisations are struggling with GDPR compliance. Commvault’s recent “Measuring IT’s Readiness for Digital Business” study of 1200 IT executives and personnel uncovered that more than 60% of respondents believe they have access to less than half of their organisation’s data. TechValidate findings also indicate that with specific regard to management of personal information, only 18% of organisations had the capability to delete that data on request from all data stores[1] – a process that could be immediately required of any entities operating within EU markets as of May 26. Even fewer, only 8%[2], believed that they would be able to collate and export data from their organisation to a third party at the request of individuals.

These factors have driven a significant increase in the interest and urgency that Commvault’s partner community is placing on strategic data management and protection projects.

“While many organisations are viewing GDPR as something of a burden, it actually presents very positive opportunities for a more strategic level of discussion around data management and protection,” commented Richard Wyn Griffith, Solutions Sales Director, Softcat. “Our long and close partnership with Commvault means we can help organisations make the vital initial assessments and management of their data, which will become critical post May 25.”

The complexity of the IT & business challenge represented by GDPR has enabled Commvault partners to increase the level of strategic engagement and deliver increased value to customers. The Commvault Data Platform has fully integrated application frameworks, capabilities and packaged service offerings all specifically created to help organisations better protect and manage data across all workloads (on premises, hybrid, cloud and in between). As a result, Commvault customers are able to obtain better data insights for compliance, eDiscovery and a variety of other digital transformation use cases, including meeting GDPR and other regulatory requirements.

“GDPR presents a great opportunity for partners to guide customers along their compliance journey and to support vital data management initiatives,” said Carla Arend, Senior Program Director, European Software and Infrastructure Research, IDC. “Choosing a technology vendor who has strong technical capabilities as well as a deep understanding of how to apply their technology appropriately for GDPR compliance is important for partners to build and scale their own GDPR capabilities. The GDPR opportunity for partners ranges from helping customers to achieve compliance to identifying business opportunities based on GDPR compliance.”

The new CommvaultÒ Sensitive Data Governance (SDG) application, launched at Commvault GO 2017, is the first component in a series targeted to address various information governance use-cases. A stand-alone offering that does not require any other Commvault solution, SDG simplifies the best practices of assessing and managing the risks of managing sensitive data at scale, starting with file servers and endpoints within a single toolset. SDG enables several critical functions including:

  • Detection of personal and other sensitive data across unstructured data holdings that can help to validate manual analysis and uncover additional data blind spots
  • Risk profiling that helps to prioritise risk mitigation plans when faced with data overload
  • Proactive cleanup of unnecessary personal data, directly from the data source and any backup copies
  • Review and approval processes to support the joint decision making required by IT and business units in support of investigations and data subject rights (including access and erasure – right to be forgotten)
  • Automated remediation of actions dictated by data subject requests with full audit trails to prove compliance

Several customers are already using CommvaultÒ Sensitive Data Governance to reduce the risks and costs of relying on a variety of niche products and manual processes.

“Organisations need to have high confidence in their ability to identify and manage sensitive data within structured data sources, however, for many, unstructured data is a bigger challenge that represents a critical blind spot that will be under the microscope as of May 25,” observed Damon Robertson, Managing Director of COOLSPIRiT.  “With Commvault forming the foundation for our GDPR-specific offering it has provided us with an opportunity to grow the levels of trust and business value amongst our customers, to a point where we are now often viewed as strategic partners, rather than simply a reseller,”

Scott Strubel, Commvault Head of Worldwide Channels, added: “The complexities and regulatory requirements of GDPR are such that the channel has a real opportunity to step up and assume the position of technology champion and genuine trustee of GDPR delivery for organisations looking to May 25 and beyond. Through working closely with us, and using Commvault’s advanced data protection offerings as the foundation for many of their broader GDPR technology offerings, our partners are not only growing their pipelines, but more importantly growing true, long-term, and successful, customer relationships,” Strubel said.

Commvault Webinar on the Business Benefits of GDPR Readiness

With GDPR going into effect on May 25th, organisations can learn how they can gain insight and real business value from their data by joining Commvault’s on-demand Webinar on the Business Benefits of GDPR Readiness. This session will provide attendees the opportunity to better understand how they can reduce costs and increase productivity and efficiency by improving their management of data.

Customers and Partners to Elevate the GDPR Discussion at Commvault GO!

Held October 9-11 in Nashville, TN, Commvault’s third-annual customer event, Commvault GO 2018 will be the market’s leading event for exchanging ideas, insights and experience on how enterprises can better protect, manage and activate data for competitive advantage in today’s dynamic digital economy. Commvault GO will provide a deeply engaging and entertaining environment for attendees to participate in thought-provoking presentations, breakout sessions and exhibition displays from leading industry luminaries, experts and influencers as well as Commvault’s vast ecosystem of partners and customers. Attendees at Commvault GO can will learn how to address their most urgent and important data protection and management challenges, securing the knowledge they need to build a path to a future where data is more secure, accessible and valuable than ever before.

[1] TechValidate, GDPR Readiness Survey, 2017

[2] TechValidate, GDPR Readiness Survey, 2017 | Commvault Press Office.