- Tableau Software announced plans to open its first data center in Dublin, Ireland.
- New European legislation requires that in regulated industries, data created in the EU must remain housed there.
- With the opening of a new data center, Tableau's customers can choose to have their data stored in either the EU or the U.S., helping solve a major problem for U.S. companies trying to work in the European Market.
The new legislation means U.S. companies looking to expand into Europe will likely want to consider building data centers there as well.
“We’ve listened to our customer’s desire to choose where they want to store their data,” said Francois Ajenstat, vice president of Product Development at Tableau, in an interview with CMSWire. “New Tableau Online customers can choose to have their data stored in the EU or the U.S. at the time of purchase and they can do it with a simple click.”
The need for the new center is also “being driven by demand for more cloud analytics,” said Ajenstat.
Tableau also plans to build a disaster recovery location in Munich, according to Ajenstat.
In November, Amazon Web Services’ CTO Werner Vogels said AWS would open its third European data center cluster by early 2017. Shortly afterward, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said his company would deliver cloud services from data centers in the U.K. by late 2016. The data center announcements seem to indicate companies are concerned about the EU’s ability to restrict the export of citizens' personal information.