Tableau Software has opened a data centre in Dublin to expand the company's presence in Europe.
James Eiloart, vice president of Tableau’s European operations, told V3 that Dublin was chosen because the company already has an office in the city.
“Ireland has a long history of a business-friendly climate and a thriving tech scene,” he said. “We have technical team members in Dublin already, so it made a lot of sense to put the primary pod there.”
The new data centre is backed up by a disaster recovery facility in Munich to ensure that Tableau’s cloud services remain up and running if the Dublin centre goes down.
Eiloart said that the new “state-of-the-art” data centre is a collocated facility and will be shared with other companies offering cloud or online services.
Tableau has over 35,000 customers in 150 countries, 50 percent of which are located outside the firm's US home territory.
The company has 3,000 active customers using its cloud offerings provided through Tableau Online, and having a data centre in Europe increases its presence in the continent to provide more cloud-based products to the market.
Global companies have opened data centres in Europe in what appears to be a reaction to the removal of the Safe Harbour ruling that allowed companies to shift European customers' data to locations beyond the continent.
However, Eiloart told V3 that the new data centre is more about offering its customers flexibility in terms of service access rather than problems that the lack of Safe Harbour could throw up.
“The work to implement the Dublin facility was begun in March 2015 to respond to the needs of our customers, well before the Safe Harbour ruling,” he said.
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