Oracle expands its cloud into Germany

A view of Oracle's office building in Silicon Valley, California

Oracle is bringing its Gen2 Cloud to the EU for the first time with new IaaS capabilities, launching in Germany with three new availability domains this year.

The move will make Gen2 available outside of the US for the first time, allowing European companies to use Oracle's bare metal cloud services within the EU.

Three high bandwidth, low latency sites will underpin the expansion, running out of Frankfurt and offering access to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS services. Oracle already has a major presence in Germany with Global Drinks, Lufthansa Cargo AG, and Mövenpick already using its cloud.

“Our customers and partners in the EU and in Germany have trusted their businesses and mission-critical workloads to the Oracle Cloud for years,” said Thomas Kurian, the firm’s president of product development.

“The expansion of the Cloud EU Region in Germany will deliver the best cloud services, not only our leading SaaS offerings, but also our new PaaS and IaaS offerings. Oracle will be providing EU-based cloud customers with unmatched performance, availability, and governance, and support of the broadest range of enterprise applications from any cloud platform.”

Frank Obermeier, vice president and country leader for Oracle Germany, said the investment demonstrated that it was committed to “provide unrivalled state of the art technology infrastructure where and when our customers need it".

“This will be particularly important as companies ensure their migration to the cloud complies with [the] impending EU General Data Protection Regulation,” he added.

Tim Jennings, chief analyst for enterprise IT at Ovum, said the launch of the Oracle cloud in Germany “will provide organisations with the full spectrum of cloud services, delivered with the same levels of enterprise-class performance, security and availability they have come to expect from their on-premise technologies”.

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