'We used to do backup for disaster recovery with other U.S. providers. Now we moved a part of it on Cubbit. The advantage is having ransomware protection, geographic proximity for performance and fulfilling GDPR-related issues.'
Giuseppe Giovinazzi — CIO and Information Systems Manager, TEP
TEP S.p.A. is the entity that provides public transport services for the city and province of Parma, Italy.
Established in 1975, TEP now counts €50M in annual sales. Over the years, this Italian-based public institution has obtained many important certifications like ISO9001 (quality certification), lSA8000 (ethical certification), ISO14001 (environmental certification), and OHSAS 18001 (occupational health and safety certification).
'The amount of data we have to manage is that of a company with a turnover of €50M annually,' explains Giuseppe Giovinazzi (CIO and Information Systems Manager, TEP). 'We strongly need to manage backups on two levels: the server infrastructure and equipment part. Our server infrastructure has about 100 virtual machines, and in addition to having copies locally, we must have a secure copy for disaster recovery.'
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And in a world where the number of ransomware attacks is growing, along with the strict requirements posed by GDPR, TEP began to question whether the current solutions met all the new requirements.
'We used to do backup for disaster recovery with other U.S. providers,' says Giuseppe Giovinazzi (CIO and Information Systems Manager, TEP). 'Now we moved a part of it on Cubbit. The advantage is having geographic proximity for performance and fulfilling GDPR-related issues. There is the argument that if we blow up the data centers where we save our data, we need to restore it and minimize the RTO.'
From backups to applications: there are many use cases where TEP employs Cubbit's object storage.
'The main benefits are to have secure backup and ransomware protection. Cubbit's object storage allows us to enable immutability of backups and versioning.' explains Giuseppe. 'Another use we make of Cubbit is as secure data storage for an application we have public in production, exposed in the demilitarized zone.'
Giuseppe, in conclusion, emphasizes the importance of compliance compared to US-based services: 'The typical advantage of Cubbit is the levels of replication, chunking and encryption of individual files. If I put a piece of data in plain text, as it happens with US-based services, anyone can access it. This advantage brings an extra gear to meet GDPR obligations.'
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