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Perhaps the biggest international storage issue next year will be that the European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) goes into effect May 25, 2018.

As Datos IO Vice-President Peter Smails told eWEEK: “Data-aware data management becomes table stakes in 2018. The GDPR is the most sweeping change to data protection in the past 20 years. Under the new set of regulations, both U.S. and European companies will need to demonstrate compliance when it comes to managing, storing and sharing data–no matter how massive the data sets. Security-wise, companies will have to report data breaches within 72 hours of their knowledge of them.

“One of the biggest issues next year will be GDPR Article 17, which enables a user’s right to be forgotten, which will increase demand for storage and data management solutions that are data-aware. Whether it’s application-specific backup and recovery to protect against ransomware, or intelligent query-based data movement to support test/dev, CI/CD, or GDPR initiatives, organizations will require data management solutions that are data aware and enable them to protect, mobilize, and monetize their data across any cloud boundaries.”

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