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Mimecast German data centres open for business


UK-based Mimecast Limited, an email and data security company, has announced that its German data centres are now open for business.

Mimecast confirmed that the services are live and the first customers have begun their onboarding, according to a statement from the company.

Two new replicated data centres are in separate colocated facilities in Frankfurt am Main and operate on Mimecast’s own proprietary cloud infrastructure and MimeOS software architecture, it said.

Mimecast’s advanced security, business continuity and archiving services are designed to operate in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (DSGVO) and German data protection laws, it added.

Mimecast chief executive officer Peter Bauer commented, “Germany’s cautious yet pragmatic approach to cloud is exactly why our company is planning for rapid growth in the region.”

“Concerns remain over where data is stored and what happens when critical services like email fail, creating security risks and disrupting workplace productivity,” he added.

“Our new German data centres will allow us to help organisations adopt a cyber resilience strategy to secure, preserve and continue the flow of information via email.”

Mimecast services are engineered to support Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Google and on-premise email environments. International audit, tax and advisory firm Mazars is migrating its services to the German data centre.

Jayson Dudley, group chief information security officer (CISO), Mazars said, “Protecting client confidentiality and data security is paramount to our business and guaranteed data sovereignty in Germany helps us meet our European compliance objectives.”

“Mimecast is our first line of defence against growing volumes of ransomware and phishing attacks by email,” he explained.

New Mimecast research highlights only 13% of surveyed German organisations had so far adopted a complete cyber resilience strategy, while 88% felt this was ‘crucial’ or ‘very important’.

Most German organisations had also seen more email attacks over the last 12 months. The research revealed 48% had seen a rise in malware and ransomware through email attachments, while 35% had seen more impersonation fraud asking employees to make financial transactions.

Moreover, 59% of German organisations were ‘concerned’ about the implications of not being GDPR-compliant.

Michael Heuer, country manager Central Europe, Mimecast said, “We’ve invested heavily in Munich to setup our regional hub for Central Europe expansion. This includes German-speaking customer service, technical support and reseller program management.”

“Our German research shows disruptive email attacks are on the rise, yet most enterprises are yet to respond with an appropriate cyber resilience posture.” 

Mimecast has more than 30,400 customers worldwide, with 31% using the company’s services as a supplement to Microsoft Office 365. The new data centres help form a global network of 12 data centres across the world in the UK, US, South Africa, Australia, offshore in the Channel Islands and now, Germany


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