Oracle opens first of 2 cloud data centres in Israel

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JERUSALEM, Oct 13 (Businesshala) – Oracle (ORCL.N) on Wednesday opened the first of two planned public cloud centers in Israel that will enable companies and other Israeli customers to keep their data on local servers and depend on other countries Will not done. .

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The data center, nine floors underground in one of Jerusalem’s technology parks, is estimated to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and is designed to operate in the face of potential terrorist acts.

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“This feature … could withstand a rocket direct hit, a missile direct hit, or even a car bomb, and the services would continue with customers not even knowing something so terrible happened.” Aron Feigenbaum, Oracle’s Israel country manager, told Businesshala.

The site, which has its own generators in case of power loss, is one of 30 such cloud centers globally. Until now, the United Arab Emirates was closest to Israel. Oracle also has a research and development center in Israel.

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Feigenbaum said Israel will have a second data center under plans to open 14 more centers by the end of 2022, to meet growing demand from Israeli tech firms and as a backup to ensure data is kept within Israel’s borders. Will Work.

“It will be even more useful for all the unicorns we see here and for all the startups that have gone IPOs,” he said, expecting Oracle’s competitors to follow suit.

For Israeli companies, having a local cloud can save costs as they will have the ability to build their own servers or rent storage instead of relying on other countries.

“They won’t need to go to Silicon Valley or anywhere else. They can do everything from here, with strong backup and short distances,” said communications minister Yoz Handel.

“It’s good for us to have our information inside Israel.”

The new cloud feature comes after Oracle lost a tender earlier this year to Google (GOOGL.O) and Amazon (AMZN.O) to provide cloud services for the country’s public sector and military — a project called Nimbus. is called.

Reporting by Steven Scheer; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle;

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