Google partners with Okta to enable secure multi-cloud deployments

As part of their partnership, Google is labeling Okta as its "preferred identity partner" for Google Apps deployments in the enterprise.

Identity and device management provider Okta announced Tuesday that it's forming a new strategic alliance with Google to help enterprises securely deploy multi-cloud, mobile-centric architecture, as well as applications like Google Apps.

Together, the two companies will provide a multi-cloud reference architecture. As customers transition to a multi-cloud environment, they'll be able to use the Okta Identity Cloud to connect to legacy, on-premises technology. Okta and Google are also working together to equip global systems integrators, Google resellers and independent software vendors with training and tools to accelerate the move to the cloud. Additionally, Google has branded Okta as one of its "preferred identity partners" for Google Apps deployments in the enterprise.

"New technologies are rolling out at a rapid pace and we're doing everything to help our customers easily adopt and adapt to the cloud," said Diane Greene, senior vice president of Google's cloud businesses, in a statement. "Google and Okta are are delivering a comprehensive set of productivity and collaboration tools for large enterprise everywhere, which will make the shift to the cloud smooth, and as we have seen with our current customers, a huge efficiency and cultural boost."

The partnership builds on Okta's existing partnerships with Google for Work and Android for Work. The two companies already share enterprise customers who should benefit from the strengthened relationship, including Teach for America, Broadcom, LinkedIn, and News Corp.

There are several companies jostling for business from companies looking to deploy or manage a multi-cloud management. Earlier in the week, VMWare launched Cloud Foundation, which makes its software available for public clouds as well as private, unveiled its "cross cloud services" for multi-cloud management.

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