Okta unveils EU datacentre in nod to strict German data laws

Well-funded start-up claims to have tripled EMEA headcount as it opens German datacentre cell

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US cloud security vendor Okta has opened an EU datacentre, partly in recognition of the tough data laws in Germany.

The well-funded San Francisco-based identity and mobile management specialist is pushing aggressively into Europe as it reportedly gears up for its IPO.

Okta has billed the opening of the German datacentre cell, which is built on private cloud infrastructure from AWS, as a "milestone" in its growth, saying it will allow EMEA customers to comply with EU privacy regulations.

Its launch is a nod to the "strict" data laws of countries such as Germany, as well as firms across the region in highly regulated industries such as banking and finance, Okta said. Existing customer Etihad Airways will be the first to use it.

"Okta's investment in local infrastructure further demonstrates our commitment to the needs and legislative requirements of EMEA organisations," said Phil Turner, general manager of Okta EMEA.

Okta plays in a cloud software market set to grow by almost 50 per cent annually in the coming years, according to analyst ReportsnReports.com, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Centrify and Ping Identity.

Having touched down in EMEA two years ago, Okta claims it has tripled both its local headcount and its customer tally over the past 12 months.

"Growth in EMEA has been stellar for Okta. We have experienced expansion into most major markets including the UK, France, Germany, Benelux, the Nordics and the Middle East, and signed-up enterprise organisations as well as smaller and mid-sized organisations," said Turner.

Okta said the new German datacentre, which is backed by a disaster recovery facility in Ireland, will give customers the option of keeping all their data in Europe through a single datacentre facility located in the region. This will give them "100 per cent" data sovereignty and data assurance, it said.

Boasting 2,400 customers, Okta has bagged $155m (€139.2m) in funding, including $75m in Series E funding last June.

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