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February 2, 2016updated 04 Sep 2016 10:40pm

Oracle expands UK cloud portfolio with IaaS & PaaS offerings

News: Big Red is making a push in the cloud market to try and catch up with leaders AWS.

By James Nunns

Oracle has expanded its cloud portfolio in the UK with increased capabilities from its Slough data centre.

A range of Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service technologies will include Oracle Database Cloud Service, Dedicated Compute Cloud Service, Big Data Cloud Service and Exadata Cloud Service.

Currently the Slough facility serves over 500 UK and global customers with SaaS and IaaS offerings that are aimed at private corporations and public sector customers.

The addition of PaaS enhances the services and technologies that the company is able to offer its customers to help them meet mission critical business objectives, the company said.

Increased capabilities from these should enable users to quickly develop, test and launch applications, in addition to delivering Hadoop as an automated service that can be fully integrated with existing enterprise data in the Oracle Database.

Thomas Kurian, President, Oracle, said: "We have introduced PaaS capabilities into the UK datacentre 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."

Big Red currently has 19 data centres around the world that power its Cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS offerings, it also has plans to open a new cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi.

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All of this plays to the company making a big push in the cloud to catch up with AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google.

As part of this play the company is hiring 150 people across EMEA to join the company’s Customer Success programme, as it aims to secure its cloud expansion through sales.

The company has seen its cloud business grow by 26% in terms of revenue for its Q2 2016 financial reporting from the previous quarter.

This isn’t the first cloud job push that the company has made, in January it revealed that the company is aiming to hire 1,400 cloud sales professionals as it looks to grow its cloud business throughout the region.

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