This article provides information on how Redstor maintains data sovereignty in the various regions we support. As we are rapidly expanding our capability and regional presence, this article is regularly updated with information as it becomes available. Please check back regularly for the latest information.
- To read more about data security at Redstor, see Article 989.
- To read more about how we ensure data immutability, see Article 1420.
- Storage regions
- Processing regions
- Maintaining data sovereignty
Redstor currently has data storage facilities in the following locations:
- Australia – New South Wales, Victoria
- Far East – Hong Kong
- France – Paris
- Germany – Berlin, Frankfurt
- South Africa – Cape Town, Johannesburg
- UK – Reading, Slough
- US – Arizona, Illinois, Texas, Washington, D.C.
For some of our services (see below), Redstor processes data regionally to ensure optimal performance and maintain data sovereignty. Our processing locations currently include:
- EU – The Netherlands
- South Africa – Johannesburg
- Switzerland – Zurich
- UK – Cardiff, London
- US – Virginia
Maintaining data sovereignty
Data sovereignty is maintained in different ways for the various Redstor services. See below for information regarding each service.
When it comes to the backup of SaaS applications like Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace, there are two things that happen to the data: processing and storage. Processing refers to the backup and recovery of the data as initiated through a user-defined schedule, while storage refers to the physical location of the servers where the backed-up data is hosted. The flow of SaaS data as it is backed up is therefore as follows:
Redstor assists customers in complying with the necessary regulations by supporting region-based data processing and storage, thus enabling data sovereignty. Data processing and data storage can be done in the same or different regions. For customers who run their own Storage Platforms and therefore store their data themselves, only the data processing side is relevant.
By allowing SaaS data processing to occur on a regional basis, Redstor can maintain end-to-end data sovereignty even for customers with a multi-geographic tenancy. In other words, each account is processed and stored in its sovereign territory. This applies to all supported regions.
The diagrams below provide a simplified explanation of the steps for SaaS data processing and storage with Redstor.
For customers who run their own Storage Platforms, the process is the same except that the locale of the Storage Pool can be assigned by the customer.
Azure VM Pro
When it comes to the backup of Azure Virtual Machines, data is read from the storage location, transmitted securely over TLS 1.2 and processed in the processing region. Data is never stored at rest in this region. Currently, we support processing of Azure VM Pro data in the UK and the US; additional regions will be added soon.
Malware detection requires data to be scanned for suspicious data using Redstor’s proprietary machine learning model. During malware detection, data is read from the storage location, transmitted securely over TLS 1.2 and processed in the processing region. Source data is never stored at rest is the processing region. Currently, data for all regions using malware detection is processed in the UK; additional regions will be added soon.
Can you confirm this works for Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo customers who have users data homed in multiple geographic locations?
Yes, this is exactly what we designed it for.
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