Veeam Executive Blog

Danny Allan

Danny Allan,
VP of Product Strategy

Reflecting on the one-year anniversary of GDPR

It’s been a year since the European Commission (EC) made its hotly anticipated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enforceable on May 25, 2018.

There has been a tremendous amount of FUD surrounding GDPR since its introduction. But it is time for the conversation to evolve beyond the noise and into the next level of discussion.

Over the course of the past twelve months, the regulation, which replaced its predecessor the Data Protection Directive from 1995, has displayed two key characteristics: it’s both specific and has teeth.

The impact ...

Published: May 23, 2019

Cloud Data Management Just Got a WHOLE Lot Easier!

In every customer meeting I attend, “cloud” is mentioned within a matter of minutes. It’s the technology virtually every company is looking to embrace in some fashion, especially as businesses look to increase agility. However, there is always a doubt in customers’ minds over the management and protection of their data within these environments, and I spend a lot of time helping the organizations I meet alleviate their worries.


According to recent research[i], IT leaders are particularly concerned about portability, management and Availability of ...

Published: January 22, 2019

Does California’s own GDPR create more problems than it answers?

The recent introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has done a lot to tackle issues surrounding business’ exploitation of personal data and has led to calls by some tech leaders for a similar legislative approach in the U.S. at a Federal Government level. Just last month, “The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018” was created, promising similar rights for the State’s 40 million citizens as Europeans received with GDPR.

The hastily approved Act, which is due to come into effect on Jan. 1, ...

Published: September 18, 2018

Going Beyond Availability: The 5 stages of Intelligent Data Management

Earlier this month, we spent three great days during VeeamON 2018 that made me feel inspired, energized and motivated. I had productive conversations with customers, partners and analysts and I’m looking forward to innovating together.

Throughout our history, Veeam has grown from being THE solution for the modern highly-virtualized data center to the #1 Data Protection for Multi-Cloud Enterprise. Data represents today what oil represented for the industrial revolution and it’s growing at a faster rate than even before, becoming indispensable for our ...

Published: May 29, 2018

GDPR: Lessons 4 & 5, Document-Comply-Improve

Throughout our journey, we learned about the breadth, scope and location of our data, we started to manage it, and we validated that it was protected and secured. However, completing these tasks still did not ensure compliance.

This only encompassed the first 3 principles of the 5 lessons which we learned.

  1. Know your data
  2. Manage the data
  3. Protect the data
  4. Documentation and compliance
  5. Continuous improvement

This journey brought us to the final two principles: Documentation and Compliance, as well as Continuous Improvement.

Lesson 4 and 5 can be brought together. Everything you ...

Published: February 12, 2018

GDPR: Lesson 3, PROTECT Your Data

After the general overview and the delving into the first and second principles in our GDPR journey, it is time to look at the third principle: Protect the data. As a reminder, below are Veeam’s 5 lessons or 5 key principles in the GDPR journey:

  1. Know your data
  2. Manage the data
  3. Protect the data
  4. Documentation and compliance
  5. Continuous improvement

There are many Information Security articles about protecting your data. Implementing and ensuring data protection heavily relies on ...

Published: February 5, 2018

GDPR: Lesson 2, MANAGE Your Data

Let’s continue our journey that we started in the previous two blogs. In the first post, we gave a general overview of Veeam’s journey to GDPR compliance and shared our 5 lessons learned. In the second post, we went deeper in the first of those five principles.

  1. Know your data
  2. Manage the data
  3. Protect the data
  4. Documentation and compliance
  5. Continuous improvement

Let’s look closer at the second principle: Manage the data.

If you finished the tasks from the first principle and identified the personally identifiable information ...

Published: January 29, 2018

GDPR: Lesson 1, KNOW Your Data

In my previous post we explained how Veeam, as a Swiss-based company with many European customers, needs to be compliant with GDPR just like many other companies that handle data for European citizens.

I also promised that we would share our learnings to help you in your compliance process. Our lessons learned can be brought back to 5 key principles:


  1. Know your data
  2. Manage the data
  3. Protect the data
  4. Documentation and compliance
  5. Continuous improvement

Today, I want to go deeper on the first principle: Know your data.

The first ...

Published: January 22, 2018

GDPR: An overview of Veeam’s 5 lessons learned on our way to compliancy

May 25, 2018 is approaching quickly. This is when the grace period for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is over and an organization may be penalized for non-compliance. Just like any company that does business with EU customers, Veeam needs to be compliant with this regulation, especially considering we are a global, Swiss-headquartered company.

Over the next weeks, we will guide you through the steps and effort that Veeam has been taking and continues to take, to ensure compliance. This is and will be an ...

Published: January 15, 2018

Five Availability Predictions for 2018

It’s that time of the year when technologists like myself put our “futurist” hat on, take a moment to reflect on the year that was, and scope out some exciting (and sometimes scary) visions of what the next 12 months will look like.

We are still a ways off from teleportation (a personal favorite) and the replicator (another personal favorite, that is more urgent), so I’ll temper our technology predictions to what we know best: Availability. Predicting the future is ...

Published: December 21, 2017