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6/10/2021
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Jai Vijayan
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Strata Identity

Focus: Identity in multicloud environments
Funding: $11 million
Founded: 2019

Organizations that have applications on different clouds, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud often have a hard time managing identities across the different environments because each vendor has its own identity management system. The problem is exacerbated for organizations that also have to manage on-premises legacy applications. Strata Identity offers technology designed to address the issue.

According to the vendor, its Maverics technology is an abstraction layer that integrates multiple identity management systems in such a way that different policies and APIs work as one. Organizations can use the technology to orchestrate identities and access management for apps residing on multiple clouds or on-premises systems. The company says its technology allows companies to mix and match identity systems without having to rewrite apps or replace systems.

Strata has so far raised $11 million via a Series A funding round led by Menlo Partners. The company's three founders — Eric Olden, Topher Marie, and Erich Leah — are all veterans in the enterprise identity, management space. Olden, a former senior vice president and general manager at Oracle co-authored the SAML identity standard. Marie, also a former Oracle executive, was co-founder of JumpStart, an identity management company. Leah had an identity management role at multiple companies, including Oracle and Salesforce.

Gartner last year named Strata a "cool vendor" in the identity management space for giving organizations a way to lift-and-shift legacy apps to the cloud with minimal application re-engineering.

"Although many applications are now cloud-native, moving legacy to the cloud can present challenges," Gartner said, "The identity models expected by legacy are not necessarily those that are native to the cloud," so technologies such as Strata's are highly desirable, the analyst firm noted.

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Jai Vijayan is a seasoned technology reporter with over 20 years of experience in IT trade journalism. He was most recently a Senior Editor at Computerworld, where he covered information security and data privacy issues for the publication. Over the course of his 20-year ... View Full Bio
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