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April 3, 2018

Oracle rolls out new UK cloud services

The announcement builds on Oracle's plans to expand its cloud footprint on a global scale.

By April Slattery

Oracle has ramped up its UK presence with the launch of three new “high-bandwidth, low latency” sites intended to reinforce its cloud offering.

The move, announced today, came as part of a broader expansion by the company, which is opening 12 new data centre regions, and increasing the breadth and depth of Oracle Cloud services available across Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

The company has been growing its cloud services presence in the UK in recent years, customers including the Home Office, Lloyds Banking Group and Birmingham City University.

The expanded UK Region will offer a wide range of Oracle Cloud Platform services, including Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), which are well suited for database applications, as well as new services supporting AI and Blockchain designed to support high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.

The UK Region is made up of three separate, high bandwidth, low latency sites that operate in independence to ensure the highest level of fault tolerance, the company said in a release – adding that “the UK Region is ideal for commercial customers and public sector organizations with data residency requirements.”
”As organizations accelerate their migration to the cloud, they are looking for enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure and platform services with the highest levels of security, performance and fault tolerance,” said Tim Jennings, Chief Research Officer at leading industry analyst firm Ovum.”

UK Businesses Benefit from Oracle Cloud Expansion

The company aims to make Cloud services faster and more comprehensive.

Gareth Williams, CEO of YellowDog, said. “We’ve been making use of Oracle’s EU Cloud Region, but with the availability of the new UK Region, and the low latency it offers to our customers in the UK, it will allow us to offer something different in the market”

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With the expansion Oracle is specifically targeting a renewed push into the public sector – a market in which cloud migration remains controversial.
National Grid is one of the customers that has made the move, saying that it is helping it deliver lower cost services.

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