Monday, May 1, 2017


GDPR leads to new data centre builds in Germany and France



Data security and scalability are today’s hot topic and the GDPR is expected to continue to trigger new developments across the EU’s member states.

As Europe prepares for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, several companies are building out their data centre fleet to comply with the regulation.

The latest organisation to announce such move is global cloud-based learning and human capital management software provider Cornerstone OnDemand, which has announced the construction and consequent opening of two data centres in early 2018.

The facilities will be located in France and Germany, and as the company explains in a statement, “will meet stringent European Union regulations and give Cornerstone clients more geographical options for where their talent data is stored”.

The two new buildings will expand the company’s data centre footprint to six hubs, with the US and the UK hosting four of these.

The four data centres in the UK and the US have a combined data storage capacity of one petabyte.

Vincent Belliveau, executive vice president and general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “Expanding our data centre footprint to multiple European locations gives our clients more choice, as well as the option to have their data housed closer to home.“

José Alberto Rodriguez Ruiz, data protection officer for Cornerstone OnDemand, said: “We take a rigorous approach to data security and scalability, and we ensure proper data segmentation between clients and for each client.

“The sheer volume of client data we handle and house, which will only grow, means we continually develop and invest in our approach to ensure data security, sovereignty and privacy.”