Oracle's second-generation cloud region in UAE goes live

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on October 2, 2020 | Last updated on October 2, 2020 at 06.41 am
Spending on the public cloud in the UAE is expected to surpass $430 million this year and $1 billion by 2024.

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Major firms such as DP World, Damac, Abu Dhabi Customs and Tahaluf Al Emarat choose advanced solution, boosting nation's digital economy.

Oracle on Thursday announced the availability of the first of two planned second-generation cloud regions in the UAE, which is pegged to give a boost to the nation's digital economy.

The addition of the Dubai Cloud region marks the availability of 26 Oracle Cloud Regions worldwide. The opening is part of Oracle's aggressive plan to have 36 cloud regions by July 2021. It will offer all Oracle Cloud services.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) says UAE-based organisations are prioritising digital transformation to navigate the current crisis as well as to compete and thrive during the recovery phase.

"In a survey of UAE CIOs from mid and large organisations conducted by the IDC in the second quarter, 57 per cent said they were accelerating digital transformation in response to new customer and operational needs - and the cloud is a vital component."

"The cloud is increasingly being viewed as the technology platform that can provide the agility, capacity and innovation capability that is required to accelerate digital transformation", said Jyoti Lalchandani, group vice-president and regional managing director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa at the IDC.

"We have witnessed a rapid increase in cloud adoption and usage over the past few months across all key industries. The investment by global cloud providers in in-country data centres will continue to alleviate concerns of data residency and security among organizations in sectors such as the public sector, banking and others."

On the back of these demand and supply-side drivers, Lalchandani says the IDC expects spending on the public cloud in the UAE to surpass $430 million this year and $1 billion by 2024, growing at a CAGR of 25 per cent over the five-year period from 2019-24.

"The contribution of the digital economy to the UAE's GDP stood at 4.3 per cent in 2019, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has set a target to double this contribution by enhancing the country's digital readiness. Oracle's second-generation cloud region in Dubai will help accelerate the digital transformation initiatives of organisations across the UAE' government entities, large enterprise and SMEs, thus directly supporting the country's economic vision," said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, senior vice-president for the technology for MEA and CEE at Oracle.

Leading UAE organisations have chosen California-headquartered Oracle's cloud to drive major transformation. Dubai-based global logistics major DP World says the cloud would further support its efforts.

"DP World is helping economies grow and nations prosper, by redefining the future of global trade. We are focused on developing highly efficient, agile and cost effective, secure logistics operations. Our goal is to facilitate the movement of goods around the world at the click of a button," said Mike Bhaskaran, chief operating officer for logistics and technology at DP World.

"Accelerating smart trade in this way requires comprehensive digital transformation and automation of core business processes."

Luxury property developer Damac, meanwhile, says it would help accelerate its business journey.

"We run workloads across enterprise apps, APIs and services that power both internal and customer facing apps across the group. The new UAE data centre region should help us accelerate this journey further," chief information officer Binoo Joseph said.

And Tahaluf Al Emarat, a provider of advanced software solutions for the public sector, touts the security if offers.Tahaluf Al Emarat

"We are focused on providing advanced and highly-secure software solutions and applications that leverage emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and Big Data. Oracle's second-generation cloud infrastructure, which offers a unique autonomous database, is the right platform for us to build secure and innovative applications for our customers," CEO Yahia Alhami said.

Industry major etisalat is the telecom partner for the Oracle Cloud region in Dubai.

"During this unprecedented period, global markets are looking at enhancing digital services availability and adding new capacities for businesses and the entire community. The partnership with Oracle further complements the existing capabilities of Etisalat which brings flexibility and availability for the private and public sector through the deployment of Oracle's next generation of cloud services," said Salvador Anglada, etisalat's group chief business officer.


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