Swiss cloud storage company sets up in DIC

GlobeX Data bringing its personal and corporate secure cloud storage to the region

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Swiss cloud storage company sets up in DIC GlobeX Data is offering secure cloud storage with Swiss levels of privacy and security.
By  Mark Sutton Published  November 28, 2011

Swiss secure cloud storage company GlobeX Data is targeting its services at businesses and consumers in the Middle East.

The company has established an office in Dubai Internet City, and is now bringing its SecurusVault service and DigitalSafe application to the wider region.

The DigitalSafe application is aimed at individuals, and provides a secure, online and mobile store for personal data. The free service acts as a secure repository for data such as PINs, passwords, medical records and credit card records, with templates available for users to enter their own data. Information can then be accessed through a secure web portal.

SecurusVault is a secure cloud-based storage service, which offers data sharing and archiving services for enterprises and SMEs. The service is currently in use by healthcare companies, legal professionals, finance, and has targeted offerings for specific vertical sectors. SecurusVault also includes offline back up, user management for companies to administer multiple devices, data encryption, synchronization across multiple devices and an email sharing platform.

The appeal of GlobeX Data over other cloud storage providers, according to Alain Ghiai, CEO, is that the service is based in Switzerland, and applies standards of privacy to its customer's data equivalent to the levels of privacy offered by Swiss banks. As all data is stored in Switzerland, it is not covered by the US Patriot Act, the Canada Anti-Terrorist Act (ATA) and similar regulatory requirements to disclose data.

It is also compliant with a number of data standards, including Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS), Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIPPA); the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA); the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Swiss Federal Act on Data Protection (FADP).

In terms of physical security, the company uses a world class data warehouse, with 5x9s availability, and its own hydro-electric power plant. All staff are thoroughly vetted for credit and criminal backgrounds.

For the Middle East, GlobeX Data is in the process of appointing channel partners for the region, and is also in discussions with telecoms providers about possible white-label agreements.

The company is also looking at how it could meet requirements of local companies that want data stored in the region, Ghiai said, most likely through leasing space in a local data centre, but then having GlobeX Data pre-configured servers installed by its own staff, with back-up in Switzerland.

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