Oracle expands UK data centre to boost enterprise cloud services

Oracle expands UK data centre to boost enterprise cloud services

Oracle has announced plans to expand its UK data centre presence, in a move it claims will allow its portfolio of services for enterprises to be one of the most comprehensive on the market, particularly for those looking to adopt cloud computing.

The company plans to add platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities to its existing offerings, while also upgrading its facility in Slough to ensure further infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities.

Those moves have come amid the addition of new services such as Oracle Database Cloud, Oracle Dedicated Compute Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud and Oracle Exadata Cloud.

The main goal of the move, which was announced at the company's recent Digital Transformation Conference in London, is to offer public sector and enterprise customers the same cloud services without any worrying their data or applications remain in the local jurisdiction.  

Dermot O'Kelly, Oracle's senior vice president for UK, Ireland and Israel, added that expanding the UK offices was part of an ongoing plan to help the company realise its ambitions to reaching the top of the market and establishing itself as the best cloud provider.

In order to achieve that goal, Oracle will need to overcome some pretty stiff competition, but it claims the comprehensive nature of its services will help to give it an edge over the likes of Amazon, which has recently seen significant growth in its global footprint.

Mr O'Kelly told V3: "What's different about what we're doing is that others are building data centres for a particular service, for the piece of the cloud that they do. So for Amazon that's from an infrastructure point of view, Salesforce from an application point of view. We're building data centres for all of cloud, so you can digitise your whole business."