Storage Made Easy and Memset help AGS Payroll Services' with their GDPR compliance


AGS PS now uses the SME Enterprise File Fabric solution to securely share confidential files with customers' sensitive data hosted on Memset's UK based OpenStack infrastructure and storage stack.


London, 31st July 2018 - Storage Made Easy® (SME), and UK hosting provider Memset announced that through their partnership, AGS Payroll Services have taken a step towards GDPR compliance by utilising the SME Enterprise File FabricTM platform with Memset's UK based OpenStack infrastructure offering to securely share confidential files containing sensitive data with their customers.




AGS Payroll Services is a UK based business providing a range of payroll services to UK based clients. The company is frequently processing payroll for their clients at different times of the month and for each round of payroll that they process, a collection of reports are generated for their clients. These reports are highly confidential, and so AGS sought a method to share these reports with their clients that was secure, compliant from a GDPR perspective, and easy-to-use for both the staff processing the payroll and their clients.

Storage Made Easy and Memset were able to meet and exceed AGS's technical and business requirements in a cost-effective way.

AGS were able to make extensive use of the File Fabric's secure file sharing capabilities, allowing them to share their payroll reports with their customers in a secure, and GDPR compliant fashion.

AGS makes extensive use of the built-in password protection, time-based file expirations, and other sharing controls, ensuring that only authorised clients can access their reports. Additionally, the company have been making use of the File Fabric's built in FIPS compliant encryption, which encrypts data before it is deposited on storage. Also, the File Fabric's ‘drop folder' feature enables AGS's customers to easily, and securely, send data back to AGS. File Event audit trails provide a real time way for AGS to see who has been accessing the reports and can also be used to satisfy Subject Access Requests with regards ‘who' had access to ‘what' data, ‘when'.

AGS opted to have the SME solution deployed on Memset's Cloud IaaS which is powered by OpenStack. Memset are a UK domiciled hosting provider offering secure, reliable and scalable cloud hosting solutions to both the public and private sectors. The File Fabric solution was deployed onto Memset's OpenStack based cloud infrastructure and file storage was underpinned by their secure OpenStack Swift object storage platform. By taking advantage of Memset's secure UK based infrastructure, AGS have been able to ensure that all of their clients' data is located on secure UK based infrastructure with archive and redundancy offered between Memset's Dunsfold and Reading based data-centres.

AGS Payroll Services now join the list of many customers that have taken advantage of the joint partnership between Storage Made Easy and Memset for GDPR compliance that can help small, medium and large organisations.

Chris Birkett, Managing Director of AGS Payroll Services, said: "Since we have started using the File Fabric platform, we have been able to share our highly sensitive payroll files with our clients in an easy and most-importantly a secure way. The need to have everything residing within the EU was also a key requirement for me, and this has been met by the joint SME & Memset solution. Moreover, the ability for our customers to securely deposit files with us, and for us to securely deliver files to our clients through SME's two-way folder sharing capabilities (Drop Folders) has helped greatly with both ours, and our clients GDPR compliance."

Annalisa O'Rourke, Chief Operating Officer of Memset, said: "GDPR has been complex for organisations of all sizes, and unfortunately, not all SME's have had the same support or expertise as large enterprises. Building our partnership with Storage Made Easy has all been about providing SME's with a GDPR compliant solution that is easy-to-use and cost competitive. It is fantastic to see organisations such as AGS Payroll solutions taking advantage of our partnership in order to simplify their file management while having peace of mind that they are GDPR compliant and secure in the cloud.

Jim Liddle, CEO of Storage Made Easy said, "Many small businesses do not know exactly what to do with regards to GDPR compliance. This is where Memset and Storage Made Easy can help. Although our software has been predominantly available for large enterprise customers it can now be used by smaller companies to help secure and protect not only new data but also their existing data, either stored in-house or on other cloud storage.”

Read more about how Storage Made Easy helps AGS Payroll Services with the File Fabric to provide GDPR Compliance to their business.

About AGS Payroll Services

AGS Payroll provides payroll services to companies throughout the UK. Their client list includes retail fashion outlets, IT companies, electrical contractors, high street shops, restaurants, recruitment specialists and many more.

Visit www.agsmanagement.co.uk to find more information.

About Memset

Memset Ltd is an award-winning UK owned Cloud Hosting company with security and compliance at their core. Delivering a reliable high security cloud to the public and private sectors from their multiple data centres all based in the UK.

Memset's Cloud IaaS has been designed from the ground up to be security-focused and highly available. With extensive use of network segregation and internal security zones alongside stringent hardening requirements and ubiquitous encryption-in-transit, Memset's Cloud IaaS provides a level of redundancy maximizing availability and quality of service.

Follow us on Twitter @Memset_ltd and visit the website www.memset.com for more information.

About Storage Made Easy (SME)

Storage Made Easy provides a multi-cloud data management and data protection product called the Enterprise File FabricTM that unifies on-premises and on-cloud company storage assets in addition to standalone products that bridge desktop and cloud, such as operating system native cloud drives and cloud explorer applications.

The File Fabric provides cloud-like economics across a company's storage portfolio, unlocking the benefits and cost-efficiency of its data assets whilst providing strict controls and governance for legislative compliance and security concerns such as ransomware attacks. Existing site-based storage infrastructures can be transformed into an on-premises private cloud, delivering a storage-as-a- service model to the company. Local storage can be connected to public clouds, expertly managed by the File Fabric as a unified hybrid cloud storage platform.

The File Fabric solution offers a "blanket” that companies can privately apply to wrap around all their data: on-premises, within a public cloud, or on a third party software vendors' cloud (SharePoint or Salesforce for example). Customers can use the File Fabric for security, encryption and control with a focus on compliance regimes such as GDPR, HIPAA, FERPA and GBLA.

Customers include one of the world's largest social media companies, and also one of the largest global retailers, in addition to global internet service providers, universities and international government and governmental bodies.

The company is backed by one of the largest alternative asset managers in addition to entrepreneurs in the London market insurance industry, who have previously successfully sold their company to a listed peer.

Storage Made Easy is the trading name of Vehera LTD.

Follow us on Twitter @SMEStorage and @storagemadeeasy and visit us at www.StorageMadeEasy.com to learn more.

Quotes and Related Information

Chris Birkett, Managing Director of AGS Payroll Services, said: "Since we have started using the File Fabric platform, we have been able to share our highly sensitive payroll files with our clients in an easy and most-importantly a secure way. The need to have everything residing within the EU was also a key requirement for me, and this has been met by the joint SME & Memset solution. Moreover, the ability for our customers to securely deposit files with us, and for us to securely deliver files to our clients through SME's two-way folder sharing capabilities (Drop Folders) has helped greatly with both ours, and our clients GDPR compliance."

Annalisa O'Rourke, Chief Operating Officer of Memset, said: "GDPR has been complex for organisations of all sizes, and unfortunately, not all SME's have had the same support or expertise as large enterprises. Building our partnership with Storage Made Easy has all been about providing SME's with a GDPR compliant solution that is easy-to-use and cost competitive. It is fantastic to see organisations such as AGS Payroll solutions taking advantage of our partnership in order to simplify their file management while having peace of mind that they are GDPR compliant and secure in the cloud.

Jim Liddle, CEO of Storage Made Easy said, "Many small businesses do not know exactly what to do with regards to GDPR compliance. This is where Memset and Storage Made Easy can help. Although our software has been predominantly available for large enterprise customers it can now be used by smaller companies to help secure and protect not only new data but also their existing data, either stored in-house or on other cloud storage.”