Oracle targets government cloud deals with new UK datacentre

Oracle pushes ahead with its international cloud plans with the announcement of a new UK datacentre specifically for government services.

Oracle is aiming to bolster its government business by opening a third datacentre in the UK, specifically to service the British administration's G-Cloud initiative.

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The new datacentre, opening in July, is located west of London in the Thames Valley and will offer cloud services, including infrastructure as a service, to government bodies as well as to independent software vendors working on state contracts.

Local cloud deployments

Oracle president Mark Hurd said the new Equinix Slough datacentre, which supplemented the existing facilities at Linlithgow near Edinburgh and in London, was part of the company's strategy of local cloud deployments.

"As this whole cloud evolves and develops, you've got a lot of issues that come up. You've got security concerns, you've got data-sovereignty issues, you've got regulatory issues, you've got various issues that come up about the location of data — some of those are the physical location of data," Hurd said.

"So we have to be local in our deployment in many cases of our capabilities."

Oracle has three datacentres in Europe: two in the UK and one in the Netherlands.

The Oracle moves follows a similar announcement earlier this month by to open a new Thames Valley datacentre , its first in the UK, designed to meet growing European demand and satisfy the data-residency rules of the potentially lucrative government sector.

G-Cloud requirements

While Linlithgow is a general-purpose datacentre, the new facility is designed expressly to meet government G-Cloud needs, according to Dermot O'Kelly, senior vice president Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel technology.

"The new datacentre is specifically for government. It will meet the specific requirements of G-Cloud, including the IL3 security protocols as well," O'Kelly said.

"So this will be effectively like a ring-fenced datacentre, specifically to serve UK government, which is one of Oracle's biggest clients in the UK."

Oracle president Mark Hurd said the company now had more than $1bn in cloud subscription revenue.

"We're the second biggest player in the cloud. We're globalising our capability. We have a very broad distribution capability so we sell close to the customer and we move our capabilities close to the customer as well," Hurd said.

"We do certainly have significant capabilities in the US but we have opened datacentres in many countries now — in Latin America, in Asia, in Europe — and you should expect that to continue as our business continues to scale up."

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