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Oracle expands UK cloud data center

Expanded Slough data center operations will help IT decision leaders "meet mission critical business objectives".

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Oracle claims new cloud services will aid IT decision makers "facing increased pressure".

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Oracle is set to expand its UK cloud offering with the introduction of new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) software to be hosted in its Slough data center.

Oracle's Slough facility currently serves over 500 customers in both the public and private sectors and will provide them with a range of new services. They include Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Dedicated Compute Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service, and Oracle Exadata Cloud Service.

According to Oracle, the expansion of the Slough data center will help customers "meet mission critical business objectives" via the use of rapid development methods which can be scaled up and down as required.

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Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle, said that the new services will aid IT decision makers at a time they're "facing increased pressure to balance operational responsibilities with rising expectations all under greater scrutiny from the boardroom".

"Much of their future success is dependent on quickly exploiting new digital innovations and that is where cloud plays a huge part," Kurian continued.

"We have introduced PaaS capabilities into the UK data center to ensure Oracle continues to help customers maximize existing technologies and new innovations and allow CIOs to set the agenda for the future of their organizations," he added.

Iain Patterson, CEO of common technology services at the Government Digital Service, welcomed Oracle's additional investment into the UK.

"With several government bodies already using services from this facility, the expansion provides greater capabilities and further choice and meets additional important public sector requirements," he said, adding it will "ultimately provide better value and better services to the taxpayer".

Oracle has 19 data centers around the world supporting its cloud efforts: last week it unveiled plans to open a new cloud data center in Abu Dhabi to support customers throughout the United Arabic Emirates.

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