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Backup specialist Rubrik builds EMEA business

Rubrik, a data backup specialist, is building up its EMEA operation, with distribution, reseller and support networks. It has named Karl Driesen as Head of EMEA Sales. He  is a former VP EMEA at Palo Alto Networks and built a team of over 200 employees and a $200m business in five years. Most recently, Driesen was a Vice President with Elastica.

It says it has experienced rapid customer growth in North America, and is launching its operations in response to customer and partner demands in EMEA. Rubrik’s Converged Data Management software powers the Company’s r300/r500 Series appliances which deliver automated backup, recovery, replication, and data archival. It has signed European and Middle Eastern distributors such as BigTec, Commtech, and Evanssion.

“Rubrik is the game changing innovation for data protection in the last two decades, and the Company’s steep growth in North America has proven that,” said Bipul Sinha, Rubrik Co-founder and CEO. “We’re excited to bring our solution to EMEA with our growing team and our strategic distributors and reseller partners.”

Rubrik recently raised over $51m from Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and others.