Origin Storage Ltd manufactures a full range of Matched Hard Drive & Solid State Solutions for most major Branded Servers, laptops and desktops, such as Dell, HP, Toshiba, and Lenovo. All our Matched Drive Solutions are just that, matched to the system you have for 100% compatibility, right first time, every time!

What are Seagate Exos X Enterprise Arrays?

Seagate Exos Enterprise drives are the best fit for capacity-optimized data centres for bulk-data application handling. The comprehensive, advanced caching technology can cater to the high storage workload requirements efficiently and cost-effectively, offering durability.

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be introducing a range of Origin Seagate storage systems alongside our memory, security, networking and accessories product ranges.

What products will we be offering?

Origin Storage 6TB 7.2k MD3060e 3.5in Near Line SAS Hotswap HD  – Enterprise-grade platform

Ideal primary storage for small and mid-size customers seeking a balance of price, performance and storage density. Perfect for businesses who are in need of high-capacity, high availability data retention and access.

Origin Storage 8TB 7.2k  MD3060e 3.5in Near Line SAS Hotswap HD – Purpose-built to deliver leading performance within premium I/O

The datasphere’s high-performance, exceptional-capacity platform utilising the latest SAS HDDs for maximum data access speed at a minimum TCO.

Origin Storage 16TB 7.2k  MD3060e 3.5in Near Line SAS Hotswap HD  – Perfect for building exabyte-scale data centres with high capacity hard drives

Optimal for industries with large data delivery processing requirements that need high throughput, like M&E and CDN.

What are the advantages?

Versatile architecture built to scale — Seagate storage systems include capabilities to use the latest drives and manage cables with universal ports, self-configuration and standardised zoning. Seagate’s modularity makes for easy set-up, maintenance, and expansion, delivering the best long-term value.

Some features include:

  • Up to 4.0PB capacity*
  • Intel® 2-core, 2.2GHz
  • Multi-protocols – SAS iSCSI, Fibre Channel
    – Controller Dependant
  • 12Gb SAS Backend
  • With or without premium software features included

*Depending on model

Along with being the most scalable drives in the datasphere, the lead time for these drives are competitive, too! With most suppliers quoting lead times on this category of product in excess of 8 weeks, the Seagate Exos X Enterprise Arrays has a lead time of just under 3 weeks. 

All of our Matched Drive Solutions come with up to 5 years advanced replacement warranty and also come with free pre and post-sales technical support. We can supply replacements or upgrades in form factors of 2.5″ or 3.5″ with either SATA or SAS interfaces, available in a range of capacities and spin speeds.

What’s next for the Seagate Exos X Enterprise Arrays?

Following on from Dell’s launch of their newer generation ME5 in line with HPE on their MSA 206x, the ME5 delivers the performance, capacity and operational simplicity that price-sensitive, small to medium-sized businesses demand. The PowerVault ME5 supports many types of workloads including HPC, databases, VDI, safety and security, select Edge use cases and more. Seagate will soon be releasing this model, available to purchase through Origin Store from August 2022.

We’re here to assist you!

If you have any questions about our Seagate Exos X Enterprise Arrays, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our sales support team, who will be on hand to help you. Telephone support is available by calling +44 (0) 844 288 6868 on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm. We also offer volume prices for RFP/RFQ assistance, as well as discount freight programs.

NVMe’s have made the limitations of SATA protocol more and more apparent as new and emergent technology arrives on the tech market. NVMe SSDs are trailblazing their way into the front and centre of the public eye. By connecting directly to the servers CPUs through the PCI express interface bus, they bypass entirely the host bus adapters (HBAs) that SATA drives require. 

Are NVMe’s the future?

With the way things are heading, it is predicted that NVMe adoption will grow by 91% by the end of 2023. NVMe is the storage technology you want for your current or next PC. The continued evolvement of the NVMe standard means that, as well as the present version 1.31, new features such as the ability to use your computer’s system memory as a cache. 

The NVMe SSD inside the latest Macbook Pro reads and writes data four times faster than the SATA SSD’s found in the previous generations and seeks out information ten times as fast. Meaning you are not left staring blankly at that annoying spinning circle that often accompanies a loading page. NVMe’s should be a priority and should be actively sought out, not an add on or an afterthought when choosing a new or upgraded PC. 

Not that you often need perpetuated output like this, but NVMe does short work of transferring files of any size. Compared to the rate offered by HDD’s 200MBps, and SATA SSD’s 550MBps, the NVMe SSD’s offer 3GBps in most business machines with their gaming counterparts now exceeding 7GBps.

Pro’s and Con’s of NVMe’s

The benefits of NVMe SSD include the following: NVMe SSD’s work with all major operating systems, giving the option of improved storage to many people and businesses without drastic changes to current operating systems. NVMe supports tunnelling protocol, so data privacy concerns are addressed and dealt with. It also supports a much higher bandwidth than SATA and offers superior compatibility with the system CPU. 

NVMe’s may sound current like the be all or end all of the technology, but they are not without disadvantages. NVMe costs more than your standard 2.5 SSD devices, and any older systems do not support legacy NVMe. But these do not seem to be deal-breakers to us on why NVMe’s should be your choice when thinking about upgrading or replacing your system.  

Growth within the NVMe Market

The NVMe market is projected to grow from $44.6b in 2020 to $163.5b by 2025. The major factors included in the market are due to the increasing adoption of NVMe technologies in SSD’s, servers and storage applications. The evolving demand for data storage and exponential use in data generation. This escalation in data needed lends itself to all aspects of the technological world, such as higher quality gaming PCs. NVMe’s also offer significant performance advancements and processing infrastructure. 

It is projected that NVMe SSD’s will hold the largest share in the NVMe market during the forecast period. They have the largest market since they are adopted widely as a storage solution in most verticals. 

When introduced into the market, SSD’s were marketed as a storage device that provides faster read and writes operations and reduced latency compared to HDD’s. SSD’s hold the highest share of the non-volatile memory express market. 

North America held the largest size of the NVMe market in 2019. They have the largest share of the market, closely followed by Europe and APAC. The key players in the market are Samsung, Western Digital, Intel, Dell, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Intel is currently a leading player across the global NVMe market.

The SSD sector has a massive opportunity for growth in the face of this NVMe surge. The BSFI vertical is among the largest adopter of the NVMe market. The increasing application of next-generation technologies such as AI, machine learning etc., means that the need to process data at a very high rate is moving more and more to the forefront, which presents a very lucrative market opportunity for new entrants into the NVMe market. 

Data-centric storage and computing tasks have led to significant demand for higher data read and write performance. The adoption of SATA is rapidly declining as the NVMe protocol replaces it. 

How can Origin Storage Help?

Origin Storage has been keeping an eye on the NVMe market and its growth rate. Our website carries many options to continue to give you and your business the best up and coming technology, including Internal NVMe solutions from NVMe M.2 and U.2 along with an External NVMe portable SSD. 

If you need any advice, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team. Our team is highly skilled and brings expert knowledge and a finger on the pulse of the tech world, helping you make the most informed and efficient decision for your business.
Find out more about Origin Storage’s NVMe options on our website here.

The climate crisis has been pushed to the forefront of the public eye. People are making environmentally-friendly changes in their everyday lives, changing from single-use plastics to more permanent and sustainable solutions, such as beeswax paper, re-usable cotton buds or cotton rounds. According to statista.com, the volume of household waste collected by local authorities in England was 23 million metric tonnes in the 2019/2020 financial year.

Why eco-friendly changes are necessary

The technological industry is under pressure to reduce waste and emissions. In 2016, the global greenhouse gas released was at an average of 49.4 tonnes CO2 eq. However, researchers have recently claimed that previous calculations of ICT’s share of global greenhouse emissions, […], likely fall short of the sector’s real climate impact as they only show a partial picture.

In the UK alone, Commercial and Industrial (C&I) waste accounted for almost a fifth (19%) of total waste generation in 2018, with electrical and electronic equipment accounting for just over 250,000 metric tonnes of waste. Nevertheless, the recycling rate of electrical and electronic waste did increase by nearly 25% to a total of 67% overall.

Although the UK has seen this rate continue to increase, drastic changes need to be made worldwide. Big-name companies such as Apple have started to lead the way, already promising to reduce emissions by 2025.

Why you should choose upgrades instead of a new system

Smaller companies looking to cut back can still do their part to help. Origin Storage is fully stocked with trustworthy parts that are fully compatible across multiple systems and won’t invalidate your OEM warranty. We work with many trusted and well-known names across the board, such as Dell, QSAN, DataLocker and Secure Data.

Your system might be going on the fritz; things aren’t running as they should; it’s slower than dial-up internet was. Nobody wants that, especially if you are trying to run a business or handle sensitive and confidential information. The first thought might be to replace it with the shinier, newer option that comes with a million bells and whistles. This could be an option, but Origin Storage can make the more eco-friendly way accessible. 

How to know when to upgrade your system?

You will know the time is right when those pesky security updates stop popping up. This means that the manufacturers have stopped supplying you with the current updates. At this point, your computer is too much at risk to be safe to continue use. Certain manufacturers will push the new model onto you, but we recommend reviewing your options first. Here at Origin Storage, we’re happy to talk you through upgrade solutions that align with your business needs.

By choosing to upgrade your system, you are helping to reduce the tonnes of waste and greenhouse gases emitted in the manufacturing process of new electricals and saving yourself money by buying one or two parts instead of a whole new set-up. Choosing to upgrade your system comes with other benefits, too, such as prolonging the life of your system and running with better efficiency than ever.

We’re here to assist you

Upgrading your system can sound like hard work, but our highly skilled team of experts are well versed in the inner workings of all things technological. Our team can help you with every step and ensure that your system is working as good as new. 

If you need any advice on upgrading your system, pleased don’t hesitate to contact our Sales team. Or find out more here about our options.

Computer chips in this day and age are the centrepiece of all the digital products that surround us. From washing machines and video games to cars and smartphones, the ongoing chip shortage is slowing down the rate at which the population can consume digital products. 

Lockdown boosted sales of computers and smartphones due to the massive increase of companies moving to a work-from-home initiative. At the same time, other gadgets were also bought to help bored kids and adults occupy their time off. With the possibility of another Lockdown looming, this ongoing chip shortage is becoming a problem.

‘Chippagedden’ continues

Unfortunately, the ongoing chip shortage is predicted to go on until 2022, possibly 2023; there is hope the situation will improve mid-year depending on supplies and the available rate coming forward, but the first six months of 2022 could still see a lapse in supply throughout the industry. Many industries are feeling the full effect of this shortage, and the leading semiconductor manufacturers are working their hardest to improve the supply of products worldwide. Companies are spending billions on increasing their capacity to meet the demand.

Manufacturers of graphics cards, kitchen appliances, phones, cars, computers, and games consoles continue to struggle to get a hold of semiconductors essential to electronic devices.

Caching in your chips

Unfortunately, globally, we have continued to feel the effects of the stockpiling epidemic, with many companies still reeling from the amount of stockpiling of chips and the sanctions put in place to abate the situation.

The largest contract manufacturer for semiconductor chips, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has reported raised prices by 10% for advanced chips. In contrast, less advanced chips that we see used in the automotive sector would cost 20% more.

New Omicron variant and what it means for the industry 

The recent announcement of the new COVID-19 variant has swept through the world, let alone the industry; many companies are asking themselves what this means. We were all starting to pick ourselves back up again from the previous economic crash. 

This chronic shortage of chips has set back production times for many different industries, such as the automotive industry. Nissan has said that ”it is too early to say when normal deliveries will resume let alone finished manufactured cars.”

Rolls Royce is a company that supplies vehicles to many different sectors across the world, such as our military, so this shortage is not only affecting cars and computers; it is affecting the running of everyday life as well as public safety.

Following the closure of several semiconductor manufacturing companies from the 2020 pandemic, a backlog has built up, leading to a further delay in production times. 

What is Origin Storage doing?

Origin Storage is still working hard to assure you that we are doing as much as possible to supply you with the parts you need and for any customers you have. We pride ourselves on our multifaceted offering: affordable, high-quality, and compatible components that last and do not invalidate OEM warranties.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your order, please get in touch with us, and a member of our team will be happy to help you find the parts you require.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak launched the spending review, which has set out the spending priorities for the next three years. The three-year review will set UK government departments resource and capital budgets for 2022-2023 to 2024-25, and the devolved administrations block grants for the same period. Add this to what has already been provided to investing in our future; this means that by 2024-2025 core departmental spending will be £140 billion more per year in cash terms at the start of parliament.

The Economy and its Impact

COVID -19 has had a drastic impact on the economy, and the chancellor has iterated that spending plans will be underpinned by a focus on ensuring every pound of taxpayer funding is well spent so that we can continue to deliver the highest quality services to the public at the best value.

COVID-19 saw a rise of 44% in notebooks and mobile workstations shipments, showing that digitisation of the current workplace is imperative to moving forward. The budget the chancellor announced means that spending is spread over several areas, with the core departments seeing a rise in spending. In total, the day to day spending will increase to £440 billion by 2024-25, increasing by nearly £100 billion a year in cash terms over the parliament.

The budget also promises to deliver a step-change in capital investment as set out in the budget 2021; there are plans to invest over £600 billion over five years, the highest sustained level of public sector net investment as a proportion of GDP since the late 1970s. The public sector finds that digital technologies have a major impact on their operations and hopes to see money being put towards IT upgrades to increase efficiency. The upgrades we would be referring to specifically is SSD and Memory Upgrades.

How Origin Storage can help you

Many people are still using devices that run Windows 7, which is a program that has been reported to have slow performance and compatibility issues. Windows 10 would be the better choice of an operating system, but it needs 2GB of ram to run efficiently. If the public sector wants to embrace digitisation, it needs to offer employees devices that can run newer versions of Windows to cope with more data.

Affordability in this current climate is crucial, and one affordable way to run Windows 10 on an older device would be to invest in an SSD or Memory Upgrade. If older devices aren’t currently fit for purpose, upgrading the memory or implementing a secondary storage area may be enough to make the device operational. You can find SSD and Memory Upgrade options on our website, where we also have a sales support team to help you find the best choice for your current device. To browse our extensive range of options, please click here.

We’re here to assist you

If you have any questions about our selection of SSD and Memory Upgrades, don’t hesitate to contact our sales support team, who will be on hand to help you. Telephone support is available by calling +44 (0) 844 288 6868 on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm.

To understand why NVMe products are in demand, we must first understand its origins. Legacy interfaces between the processor and storage device did not take into account performance-orientated storage such as flash. Interfaces were originally designed to work with hard disk drives (HDDs), which were relatively slow and did not require high-performance circuits. As a result, there was a bottleneck period with storage. 

The solution is born

In March 2011, the NVMe specifications were developed by the NVM Express Workgroup, which consisted of more than 90 companies. Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) enables the communication between the processor and the storage device to occur quickly. It took some time for NVMe to emerge in the market, but it is now common technology. In 2020, the global NVMe market was valued at approximately $44.6 billion and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 29.7%, leading to a valuation of $163.5 billion by 2025. The major driving factors of the market include increased adoption of NVMe technologies in SSDs, servers, and in storage. 

NVMe was designed to take advantage of flash capability, and it provides a performance upgrade compared to SATA interfaces, for example. SATA interfaces are compatible with hard disk performance, but it is not enough to support flash performance.

What are the main benefits of NVMe?

The design of NVMe offers numerous advantages over other interfaces. NVMe has lower IO latency because of improved drivers, allowing for an increase in the number of queues and commands in a queue. NVMe technology has lower CPU overhead with handling IO, allowing for more cycles by other computations. It also has improved bandwidth and takes advantage of fast PCIe interfaces. 

Origin Storage NVMe

NVMe by Origin Storage

Origin Storage offers a range of NVMe products that will supercharge your organisation’s IT. The Origin Storage Inception E840 Pro NVMe External USB-C SSD allows you to quickly and easily add storage to PCs or Macs. The embedded PCIe NVMe technology facilitates sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s respectively. Combined with the incredible speed of USB 3.2 Gen 2, you can transfer large files in seconds rather than minutes. The sleek aluminium body of the device allows for effective cooling of internal components to reduce thermal throttling, allowing you to transfer files without reduced speeds. Contact us today by calling +44 (0) 844 288 686 or emailing us at [email protected] to learn more about the device and place your order.

Additionally, the Origin Storage Inception TLC830 Pro Series 256GB NVMe is 100% compatible as a replacement or upgrade for storage solutions. Also, the device will not invalidate OEM warranty.

The future of NVMe Storage

The migration to SSDs using flash as the primary storage device is a major break from the prior dominance of rotating devices. The NVMe architecture that is specifically designed to support SSDs, and future technologies that are currently being developed, has a very bright future. Flash storage allows the creation of new, innovative technologies that will enable processors to become even more powerful following Moore’s Law.

Solid-state drives (SSD) are storage devices that use flash memory to deliver high performance and durability. Additionally, SSDs have no moving parts, run cooler and use less energy in the process. They allow for faster loading times for applications and games and can withstand more movement than HDDs (hard disk drive). However, there is a price to pay for their superior performance. SSDs are a newer technology, and, as a result, they are more expensive than HDDs. We’ll explore the origins of the SSD and how the technology has changed since its inception.

The origins of SSDs

The development of SSDs started with two similar technologies: magnetic core memory and card capacitor read-only storage. These memory solutions emerged during the time of vacuum-tube computers – think the Enigma machine, which the codebreakers used at Bletchley Park to crack the German codes during the Second World War.

Fast-forward to the late 1970s and 1980s, and SSDs were used in early supercomputers, but they were extremely expensive. The drive for faster, cheaper memory led to innovation in the market. In 1976, Dataram introduced the world’s first SSD, the Bulk Core. The drive was approximately the size of a microwave and contained 2MB of storage. This is a tiny amount of storage by today’s standards but was an impressive amount of memory at the time.

Commercial flash-based SSD 

The first commercial flash-based SSD was introduced in 1991 by SanDisk. The SSD was used in IBM’s ThinkPad pen computer, which had a capacity of 20MB and sold for around $1,000. Ten years later, SanDisk and Toshiba launched the world’s first commercial NANDS MLC 1GB chip, driving the cost of SSD solutions down by 50,000x while increasing chip density by 32,000x.

SSDs became affordable for the average person in the early 2000s, when products such as SanDisk and Motorola’s microSDTM became the fastest growing form factor globally, with five million cards shipped in its first year. In the early 2000s, commercial SSDs were still expensive, costing as much as a powerful laptop or a basic car. 2010 was a pivotal year as the mass adoption of SSDs began. Apple started using SSDs in its MacBooks as its standard option rather than a luxury upgrade. 

NVMe changes the game

The NVMe specifications were developed by the NVM Express Workgroup, which consisted of 90 companies. NVMe delivers faster access and consumes less power, reducing running costs for users. The beauty of NVMe is that it is futureproofed; its capabilities are extendable to work with technologies that do not exist yet. 

Speed up your storage with the Origin Storage Inception E840 PRO NVMe

Looking for SSD which will speed up your storage? Quickly and easily add storage to your PC or Mac with the Origin InceptionE840 Pro NVMe SSD. The embedded PCIe NVMe technology facilitates sequential read/write speeds of up to 1,050/1,000 MB/s respectively, and combined with the amazing speed of USB 3.2 Gen 2, you can transfer large files in seconds. The sleek aluminium body allows for effective cooling of the internal components to reduce thermal throttling, enabling you to transfer files without fear of speeds dropping.

If you’d like to learn more about our SSD solutions, please get in touch with us today. A member of our team would be happy to help you. Alternatively, you can use the Memory Configurator to find the right solutions for your organisation.

Unfortunately, the parts shortage which has been happening since the beginning of 2020 is still with us and is likely to be with us for some time. 

Nvidia’s CFO Colette Kress explained that the company expects demand to “continue to exceed supply for much of this year”. Similarly, chip manufacturer TSMC, who makes processors for Apple, Qualcomm, and AMD, has warned that shortages could continue into 2022. Intel’s chief executive, Pat Gelsinger, says the worst is yet to come and that we may have to wait a year or two until supplies return to normal. Glenn O’Donnell, a vice president research director at Forrester, believes the shortage could last until 2023. The general consensus is that the world will have to grapple with the crisis for longer yet.

The semiconductor shortage, what some are calling “chipageddon”, has affected a variety of industries. Manufacturers of graphics cards, kitchen appliances, phones, cars, computers, and games consoles struggle to get a hold of semiconductors essential to electronic devices. You can learn more about the origins of the semiconductor shortage here

Chipageddon continues

“Chipageddon” is a result of a variety of factors. Coronavirus lockdowns in China caused production to reduce significantly for a period of months at a time when demand for everything that kept us entertained during lockdowns, such as TVs, games consoles, phones, and other electronics, skyrocketed. It is the perfect storm, and it’s meant that prices of electronics have increased, and almost everyone will be affected by it in some way, shape, or form. 


Stockpiling and new cryptocurrency increase demand

The situation shows no signs of abating just yet. Stockpiling has made the situation worse for firms that are struggling to get hold of precious chips. Some Chinese companies which have been affected by sanctions have taken to stockpiling in-demand chips in an attempt to ride out the crisis, intensifying the crisis for companies all over the world.

Stockpiling isn’t the only thing causing significant increases in demand. The cryptocurrency Chia, which was launched in May of this year, caused SSD demand to skyrocket. Chia relies on storage rather than processing performance to mine, and crypto-fanatics were keen to buy up huge amounts of storage to mine the cryptocurrency. 

Manufacturers desperately search for a solution

Chipageddon is causing chaos for industries all over the world, and the leading semiconductor manufacturers are working hard to improve the supply of products. For example, The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., one of the leading advanced semiconductor suppliers, is planning to spend approximately $100 billion over the next three years to increase its capacity to meet demand.

Find the right solution with Origin Storage

We want to assure you that we are doing all we can to make the parts you need accessible to you and your customers. We pride ourselves on our multifaceted offering: affordable, high-quality, and compatible parts that last and do not invalidate OEM warranties.

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your order, please get in touch with us, and a member of our team will be happy to help you find the parts you require.

A report has found that half of all government spending on computers is dedicated to keeping old systems going. The BBC recently revealed that the government spends £2.3 billion patching up systems, some of which date back as far as 30 years. A Cabinet Office report, Organising for Digital Delivery, warns that the government could spend between £13bn and £22bn over the next five years on obsolete systems, and the sum will only continue to grow as time goes on.

Additionally, a report by the UK National Audit Office report said some government digital services “fail to meet even the minimum cyber-security standards, while others are not fit for purpose and rely on outdated infrastructure, making them vulnerable to cyber-attacks and breaches”.

The news of outdated systems and the associated security risks is concerning from both an efficiency and a security standpoint and may resonate with some businesses experiencing similar problems. The threat of a cyberattack is particularly worrying for organisations, but they happen all too often. The 2021 Cyber Security Breaches Survey found that four in ten businesses reported having cyber security breaches or attacks between March 2020 and March 2021.

Companies need to heed the government’s warning and take sufficient action to ensure their own systems are fit for purpose. The pandemic only accelerated digitisation, and more of the work employees do across all sectors is digital in its nature. The rapid increase in data processing means a growing demand for increasingly powerful devices, and some businesses are struggling to keep up.

How can businesses provide employees with powerful devices in a cost-effective manner?

Upgrade systems rather than replacing them entirely.

Businesses must do all they can to ensure employees are working with functional devices, especially as remote working remains widespread across the UK. The best way to provide employees with powerful, up-to-date devices without spending vast sums of money is to upgrade devices rather than replacing them. It is also more sustainable as you’re using fewer materials; it’s a win-win!

Don’t have the expertise to upgrade devices in-house? We can help.

Older devices regularly run into a range of issues such as insufficient memory and storage, damaged ports, broken keyboards, cracked screens, and more. But many devices are salvageable with a few chosen upgrades. 

We offer a range of upgrade and repair services such as SSD and HDD upgrades, storage upgrades, as well keyboard and laptop screen replacements. We have a purpose-built upgrade facility where our technicians work with your system using compatible products to make them more powerful and efficient.

If upgrades are on the cards, why not browse our storage, security, memory, networking solutions, as well as the wide range of accessories we offer? Alternatively, if you would like to learn more about our Upgrade and Configuration Services, contact us today, and we’ll discuss your requirements in more detail.

Since GDPR came into effect on 25th May 2018, organisations have been busy ensuring that they are compliant with the legislation. While the main objective of GDPR is to strengthen the privacy rights of internet users, the security of physical hardware also has a significant role.

Who does GDPR apply to?

GDPR applies to all organisations within the EU and organisations outside the EU that process or control any data related to EU residents. GDPR impacts both data controllers and processors, and it is the responsibility of these individuals to ensure compliance. Likewise, all organisation members should be aware of GDPR, and anyone dealing with personal and sensitive information must comply with the legislation.

The role of hardware

Many organisations focus much of their attention on software threats. While this is a vital component of business operations, considerations must be made about physical security threats. Unfortunately, concerns about physical security can sometimes fall to the wayside, eclipsed by worries about software security. 

The threat of lax physical security is genuine. For example, a customer service representative will hold personal data about customers on their desktop or laptop. If this employee takes their device out of the office, or the device is stolen, personal and sensitive data is at risk. As a result, their device should be adequately protected to ensure this information stays private.

Organisations risk hefty fines if they do not adhere to GDPR. For example, in 2018, Heathrow Airport was fined £120,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office for “serious” data protection failings. The fine was levied because a staff member had lost an unencrypted USB stick containing personal data, which a member of the public then found.

How can organisations adequately protect hardware? 

One of the best ways for organisations to protect personal and sensitive data and adhere to GDPR is by purchasing encrypted devices. So, what options do you have, and which companies can help?


Since 2009, Origin Storage and DataLocker have been partners in providing encrypted solutions to enterprises around the world. DataLocker specialises in military-grade encryption devices that are easy to use, enabling businesses of all sizes to protect data. Origin Storage carries a range of encrypted DataLocker solutions, including hard drives, flash drives, and central management systems. You can browse DataLocker solutions here.


Origin Storage recently partnered with SecureData, an organisation based in the USA that offers a range of tailored high-level data protection solutions. These include hardware encrypted portable data storage devices, backup solutions, file repair software, and data recovery solutions. You can browse SecureData solutions here.

Stay vigilant

While the threat of a software breach is a priority of most businesses, they must also consider the dangers associated with physical hardware. Risks related to the theft of physical devices are still very real, and some organisations have learned that the hard way.

To discuss your physical hardware security requirements in more detail, please contact us. A member of our expert team will be happy to help you find the right solutions for your organisation.