Multiple Cloud Storage Providers, Multiple Stakeholders, One Data Protection Engine

Regardless of which cloud storage providers you use–AWS, Azure, or Google–protecting the data in those environments is your responsibility. However, different stakeholder needs mean you’re spending an extraordinary amount of time, energy, and resources to get it right.

Would you like to simplify the responsibility of data protection across all the clouds you’re using?

Ionic Machina Tools for Cloud Storage launched in July, 2018 with coverage for AWS S3 and GCS, and preview capabilities are now available for Azure Blob Storage. This extends Ionic’s machine-scale encryption, policy orchestration, and visibility across the three major cloud service providers (CSPs) to cover more than 90% of the forecasted market.1

Because Machina crosses multi-cloud, hybrid, and even on-premises architectures, you have a tremendous opportunity to simplify security and management across your diverse ecosystem, and for the diverse stakeholders who support it.

Security leaders appreciate the consolidation of security capabilities into a single platform. Managing policy, encryption, key management, and visibility centrally has the power to eliminate security blind spots and reduce resource and skills constraints when dealing with often-inconsistent vendor capabilities. One by-product of applying portable, pervasive data protection is the automation of incident response. Another is the optimization of public cloud investments that prevent vendor lock-in.

Technical architects seek elegance and simplicity wherever possible in such complex environments. And, let’s face it, key management is painful; crypto is annoyingly difficult to get right. The native crypto capabilities CSPs offer can be baffling with potentially catastrophic results. Machina Tools simplify and standardize this process: Once the Machina is connected into an application, it automatically manages all communication to create or retrieve a key, and it manages the key’s association with the object itself.

Developers love how easily Machina can be integrated with minimal impact on existing code. Machina Tools — SDKs are available in the language of their choice, and the new pre-built Java connector accelerates encrypting data for cloud storage in a consistent fashion by plugging natively into the CSP’s existing APIs. Relying on Machina as a central service boosts productivity by eliminating time spent on encryption and coding custom controls. The Machina policy engine saves developers from the painstaking process of building and maintaining custom access rules within their software and navigating the customer requirements of each CSP to implement and administer the rules. Delegating data access logic to a central service ensures consistency with simplicity.

Risk and compliance leaders benefit from centralization across the technical silos that fracture an organization’s cloud and on-premises landscape. They prefer consistency in measuring, managing, and reporting on usage to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. It’s a relief to know that a CSP does not control both data and keys, which reduces the risk of adopting cloud services for sensitive data, from data exposure to blind subpoenas.

Multiple cloud providers provide the multiple stakeholders across a business with the flexibility to use the best tools to do their jobs. The single platform approach of Machina provides full control over and visibility into data with simplicity and consistency.

Ionic delivers data trust–the intersection of security, privacy, accountability, and integrity–through superior key management, just-in-time dynamic policy, and full analytics around every interaction. In today’s increasingly diverse ecosystem, Machina Tools for Cloud Storage is one approach everyone can agree upon!

Contact us to schedule a demo and learn about simple and consistent data protection for your enterprise cloud storage.

Footnote
  1. Statistica, Market share prediction of cloud services providers in the United States by 2020