The importance of native data compliance – Amit Ashbel & Chilik Hochberg – Ep128

Data is essential in modern business, how we store, protect, ensure it’s available and portable and of course that it is compliant and meets our business and regulatory needs. Defining how we do this is part of an enterprises data strategy, a strategy which dictates the technology we deploy based on the needs of our data and not having our data limited by the technology! To provide the kind of insight and control we need of our data in the modern enterprise requires us to think beyond how we store it, we need to be more platform focussed, ensuring that in whichever repositories we place our data they give us greater insight and control of its usage.

However, to deliver things like compliance traditionally has needed multiple products, a storage location, a separate compliance tool and professional services to integrate it all together. But what if your storage could do this natively as new data was written to it? Informing you as the data is written, to its contents and any compliance, governance or security risk it could pose.

With that in mind, I was intrigued to see NetApp announce their Cloud Compliance tool an integrated compliance solution that would offer immediate native reporting to data written into their cloud storage repositories (Cloud Volumes ONTAP, Azure NetApp Files and Cloud Volumes Service) NetApp are the first major vendor I am aware of doing this, so what was the driver behind it? What does it do? And how can we use this kind of native, cloud based data compliance tool to deliver benefit to our enterprise?

Joining me on this week’s podcast are Amit Ashbel and Chilik Hochberg, both security industry veterans with around 20 years’ experience prior to NetApp and now are part of a team bringing that experience to the company and helping to develop new data platform thinking to help us all more easily deliver enhanced security, compliance and insight.

In this episode we discuss.

  • What we mean by data compliance?
  • Changing how we see our data and its value.
  • Data storage is not enough we need to think “platform”.
  • Why whatever data we have we need to consider how we are handling it.
  • The impact of a lack of visibility.
  • Importance of native compliance.
  • The NetApp solution.
  • The importance of making it easy to use.

I think this is a hugely important topic and we need to see more data platform based thinking from enterprises and vendors alike, just storing our data with no idea of how it is been used in no longer appropriate for a modern enterprise and what NetApp are delivering here is an exciting first step and it will be interesting to see how Chil, Amit and the team develop this further.

For more information on Cloud Compliance visit and you can find both Chil and Amit on Linkedin or you can contact them via email and

If you have an idea for a show or would like to appear as a guest then email me at or contact @techstringy on twitter.

Until next time, thanks for listening.

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