Many enterprises and people today use cloud storage services for a variety of reasons; from making it easier to access and share data, to reducing enterprise cost and management of on-premise storage, to supporting specific business use cases like data backup and recovery. At this point, cloud storage adoption and usage have gone mainstream. Market surveys have found over 70% of enterprises already use cloud storage in some way, and the average enterprise already uses more than one cloud storage service provider.
While cloud storage solutions have become very easy to use, they bring up many issues for enterprises and people who have to be concerned about valuable intellectual property, confidential information, or regulatory requirements, which require all their data to be controlled and protected in consistent and auditable ways.
In addition, Enterprise IT departments want security solutions they can easily manage; they do not want solutions that create new silos or complicate their existing environment. Many IT departments currently manage multiple clouds to avoid vendor lock-in, and for redundancy, they need a consistent solution to data protection that works across their current or future on-premise and cloud environments.
We understand these issues at Ionic, which is why we offer Machina Tools for Amazon and Machina Tools for Google Cloud Storage. The Ionic Machina engine pre-integrates the Machina Tools SDK into leading cloud storage platforms Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage. Only Ionic provides a single solution that delivers a consistent approach across multiple cloud provider solutions for data security, privacy and accountability.
By using Machina Tools for Cloud Storage, companies can extend and upgrade their existing security capabilities to any on-premise or cloud environment, making it easier to integrate real-time, policy-driven data tracking and protection to any data that is uploaded or downloaded to a cloud storage solution. The solution leverages standard features of Machina to easily support enterprises seeking to:
- Encrypt a new item while uploading it
- Decrypt an item while downloading it
- Re-encrypt an existing item with a new key
Utilizing Machina Tools for Cloud Storage, developers can also easily create new or modify existing applications to leverage Machina’s engine to apply cryptographic protection to data in the cloud with just a few API calls. Critically, Machina allows for customer-controlled encryption keys, centralized policy management, and consistent application of protection across multiple cloud providers and cloud regions.
Additional Contributions by Shane Pearson