Ipswitch, announced plans to launch MOVEit Cloud Managed File Transfer on Microsoft Azure in the European Union (EU). This comes as a direct result of customers requesting Ipswitch to offer the successful MOVEit Cloud SaaS (Software as a Service) solution in Europe, which gives them the dual benefit of an OPEX procurement model and accelerating their GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) readiness when they need a solution to exchange data and files that may contain personal data.

“The enforcement of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 has placed an emphasis on companies having an EU-based datacenter presence to comply with the regulation, which places an emphasis on where personally identifiable data can be processed and stored,” said Penny Jones, Research Director, MTDC and Services, EMEA at 451 Research. “Ipswitch’s investment means it can keep the data of European customers local, instead of re-routing it through datacenters in the U.S. This means that Ipswitch, and its customers, can ensure data security, sovereignty and privacy for customers amid these new stringent regulations.”

Because of the data security safeguards built into MOVEit, Ipswitch is seeing increased confidence in cloud-based file transfer systems to move files that include personal data. This expands Ipswitch’s ongoing commitment to providing its customers with global business continuity, including high availability, disaster recovery and backup.

“By deploying our Microsoft Azure datacenters in Europe, we are giving clients more choices in using Ipswitch’s SaaS offering, allowing them to accelerate on-boarding and time-to-use for secure file transfer – enabling their GDPR readiness as well as the option to utilize an OPEX model,” said Alessandro Porro, Senior Vice President, International Sales at Ipswitch. “With this launch, clients would be operating on the very trusted Microsoft Azure brand with datacenters being ISO 27001 certified combined with the highly trusted Ipswitch MOVEit which is FIPS 140-2 certified.”

MOVEit Cloud combines the full benefits of a central point of control, automation and audit trails for all file transfer activities with the convenience of an MFT as-a-service offering. Customers can focus on the business while Ipswitch experts maintain a best in class deployment. MOVEit Cloud provides the latest security updates and layers of defense, including FIPS 140-2 certified cryptography, access control, integrity checking, penetration testing and more.

MOVEit Cloud ensures the secure exchange of data that meets PCI, HIPAA, GDPR and other industry and government data security and regulatory requirements. MOVEit’s centralized workflows, access control and audit logging results in lower risk to personal data and less time and money spent on managing and supporting data transfer processing activities.

See the interview we did with Ipswitch last September: