Thursday, 06 June 2019 09:53

Okta offers new AWS-based infrastructure in Asia-Pac region

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Graam Sowden: "Our investment in local infrastructure... signals our growth plans as a company." Graam Sowden: "Our investment in local infrastructure... signals our growth plans as a company." Sam Varghese

Identity services provider Okta has announced new state-of-the-art infrastructure based on the AWS cloud service in the Asia-Pacific region.

The new infrastructure, mainly located in Sydney, will offer customers better service due to its proximity, the company said in a statement.

Okta has gone in for the new infrastructure after the appointment of Graham Sowden as general manager for the Asia-Pacific and was an indication of the company's strategy for expanding its operations in the region.

“Okta is a customer-first organisation. Since our two co-founders started Okta over 10 years ago, it’s been a part of our DNA to listen to our customers and prioritise their needs to be successful,” said Sowden.

“Our investment in local infrastructure not only signals our growth plans as a company, but it is also an important step in ensuring that Okta will be able to support our customers as their requirements change over time.”

The main technology components of the Okta infrastructure include:

  • Location in Australia, leveraging multiple data centres and cloud infrastructure provided by Amazon Web Services, built with the same high-availability architecture design as Okta’s US infrastructure;
  • An additional disaster recovery facility located in Singapore;
  • The option for customers to keep all of their data in APAC data centre facilities located within the region;
  • Complete in-region data locality, with no replication or back-up to US data centres;
  • Infrastructure and code base updated on the same schedule as the US; and
  • A facility that is operational and available to APAC customers with immediate effect.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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