A sad day.

I’m very sorry to report that the owner of this URL and my employer, Kai Strieder, has passed away. Not sure what this means for the future of this blog but for now, we won’t be posting for a while.

Rest in peace, my friend, it was fun to work, eat, and drink with you.

Kai Strieder
Kai Strieder

What is Data Residency and What’s it Mean to Me?

Data Residency (or data localization) requirements are laws in many countries requiring certain types of information to be stored within that country:  They include China, Israel, Switzerland, Turkey, Belgium, Brazil, South Korea, South Africa, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, India, Malayasia, and Singapore. Russia, Canada, France, and Germany have relatively strict data residency requirements.

MediaValet haas a recent article which touches on Australian data residency. They state:

For industries with stringent security regulations, such as government, education, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals, there’s often a requirement for sensitive data to reside within the country of origin. This means any original assets, back-ups and replicated copies of data residing within a digital asset management system would have to reside within the Australian data centers.

They also mention that Microsoft Azure is one of the few providers in Australia that’s able to provide backups to two geographically separate data centers in Australia, which can be critical to the safety and resiliency of your data.

If you are setting up your DAM in one of these industries or are generally working internationally, it is best to be aware of Data Residency Requirements: falling afoul of them can be an expensive proposition.

How Companies are Managing New “Data Residency” Requirements