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Why have we invested in Microsoft Azure?

We recently took the decision to migrate to Microsoft’s world-class Azure hosting platform. Here are our primary reasons for making this decision:

Scaleability

The WriteUpp user base has grown exponentially over the past three years and we expect this growth to continue going forwards. This is not marketing hyperbole, just check out the graph of our user population below:

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With this in mind, we need the ability to increase the processing power available to us with minimal service disruption. Microsoft Azure provides us with this flexibility.

Data Integrity

Microsoft Azure provides us with geo-redundant storage. In short, we maintain six copies of your data. Three copies in our primary location and another three copies in a separate secondary location. We also have the flexibility to switch these locations in the event of legislative changes or geo-political threats. Our primary and secondary locations are both in the EU.

Security

The video below demonstrates why we have chosen to invest in Microsoft to protect your data:

Reliability

In choosing a new hosting partner we wanted to work with an organisation that upheld the highest standards of privacy and data protection. We also wanted access to state-of-the-art tools to help us manage and secure your data. Here are some of the global companies that rely on Microsoft Azure – Customer & Partner Success Stories

Brexit

As all Europeans know, Brexit has thrown up a huge amount of uncertainty. At present, aside from GDPR which I cover below, there isn’t a great deal of clarity about where data could/should reside post Brexit. With this in mind we have chosen to invest in Azure to provide us with complete geographical flexibility going forwards.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

GDPR will have profound implications for businesses around the world. It completely revolutionises privacy laws and drags the various Data Protection Acts around Europe into the 21st Century. It comes into effect in May 2018 and will radically transform the way you handle client/patient data. Consequently, it will also mean that we will need to utilise new technologies and provide you with new tools to uphold your GDPR obligations. Failure to do so could result in fines equalling 3% of revenue or €20m, whichever is higher. Our investment in Microsoft Azure, will enable us to help you meet the inevitable challenges that will arise as a result of GDPR.

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  • Sara Trayman

    Hi, would you be able to give us any guidance on what (as individual practitioners) are our responsibilities with regards to GDPR?

  • http://www.writeupp.com Bob Bond

    Hi Sarah, I’m afraid not. Primarily because the picture isn’t clear yet. The government (ICO) have said that we will adopt GDPR (despite Brexit) and further guidance is supposed to be forthcoming from ICO. You can find the latest information here -> https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/guidance-what-to-expect-and-when/

    The platform work (last weekend) was part of a very long term initiative to ensure that we are ready for GDPR. Next we will be working towards ISO27001 compliance as an interim position before GDPR kicks in. They aren’t the same thing but much of what ISO27001 compliance requires is part of GDPR.

    Our end goal is to ensure that you (as the Data Controllers) have all the tools you need to be compliant with GDPR when it comes into effect in May 2018, but as I mentioned it is a bit of a moving feast. We are taking advice from our lawyers and ISO27001 auditors to ensure we are as well informed as we possibly can be and as soon as the picture is clearer we will (of course) publish any advice/guidance that we can offer, however if you are in any doubt I would seek formal advice.

    I hope this helps (a bit!)

    Bob