Oracle commits to data centre in Abu Dhabi
Oracle to open new data centre to keep pace with cloud services demand and employ local talent
One year ago, ITP.net interviewed Oracle's co-CEO, Mark Hurd, where he said the company was ‘very much considering' opening up a data centre in the Middle East. Today those speculations came true, as Hurd confirmed its intent to open a new cloud data centre in Abu Dhabi.
Though no finer details were given, the US technology company chose Abu Dhabi due to its partnership with the government, plus their focus on technology innovation. Overall, it confirmed its expansion in the UAE was due to keeping pace with customer demand for cloud services, where it has more than doubled its workforce in the last three years - two years ahead of predictions.
"As companies turn to cloud computing to modernise their business and drive innovation, we are seeing significant demand for Oracle cloud in the Middle East and around the world," said Loic Le Guisquent, president of EMEA and APAC Oracle.
The data centre will enable Oracle to better manage the service level objectives and data governance for customers throughout the region.
It also predicts by 2025, 80% of all production apps and 100% of software development and testing efforts will be conducted in the cloud. Also, Oracle says enterprise cloud will be the most secure IT environment.
"We are investing in the infrastructure to support this demand by hiring new, top sales talent and by building new data centres," said Guisquent.
Furthermore Hurd announced plans to increase sales resources throughout the region by hiring 250 cloud sales professionals, with almost 70 professionals already hired.
Guisquent added: "The Middle East is an important region for us and we will continue to invest here."
Oracle also plans to double its office space in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, as well as open new facilities in Qatar, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.