Quest Provides Control Over Cloud-Based Unstructured Data
The latest addition to the Quest One Identity Manager line of access management products was designed to give customers more control over their growing unstructured data over traditional storage and in the cloud.
Quest One Identity Manager Data Governance Edition aims to gives enterprises more control and additional security over their unstructured data while enabling business-driven data governance, according to the company. Unstructured data is completely out of control at a lot of businesses, and IT staff often only have an idea as to how much of their data is unstructured and where it lies. According to a Quest-sponsored survey from TechValidate, more than half of enterprises believe that 50 percent to 100 percent of their data is unstructured, but only 15 percent are confident they are able to track data back to the appropriate owners.
In a sense, enterprises are drowning in data, and the accumulation of data — particularly unstructured data — doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all. And more and more of that data is finding its way into the cloud and being spread out over a variety of cloud services and apps. Although the cloud has significant benefits, the lack of control over data being stored in cloud repositories by employees opens enterprises up to all manner of compliance- and security-related problems.
Quest One Identity Manager Data Governance Edition was developed to help solve the problem. Jonathan Sander, director of Quest’s Identity Access Management Business Development, told Talkin’ Cloud that 97 percent of breaches are avoidable through simple or intermediate data controls.
This means huge opportunities for the channel, and many of those opportunities are in partners’ existing customer bases. With policy management and “smart risk” features, the new version of Quest One gives partners the ability to provide data governance services to their customers, whether as a sale or as part of a hosted identity services business.
Cloud services providers, particularly those that host unstructured data for customers, could apply data governance software as a value-added service and provide detailed reports on unstructured data with Quest One, Sander said.
The launch of this new product follows closely on the heels of Quest’s announcement that brings its Foglight application performance management to Windows Azure.
Quest One Identity Manager Data Governance Edition is available now and is priced at $35 per managed person.