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February 7, 2019,   5:20 PM

Oracle Opens Abu Dhabi Data Center As It Looks To Woo Local Customers

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Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President – Business Applications, Middle East and Africa, Oracle. Source: Oracle

Technology firm Oracle announced that today that its data center in Abu Dhabi is now available to customers in the UAE and the wider Middle East.

The data center, which will offer public cloud applications services, will help the adoption of Oracle’s cloud solutions in the region, the company said in a statement.

“By locating a data centre in the UAE, we will be able to better manage service levels and respond to local customers, who, for data governance requirements and other reasons, need to keep their data local,” said Arun Khehar, Senior Vice President – Business Applications, Middle East and Africa, Oracle.

Oracle joins other tech giants such as Microsoft and Alibaba Cloud in establishing data centers within the country. Cloud adoption across the UAE and the region has been rising over the last few years, making the local market ripe for cloud computing firms.

A 2017 report by Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, IBM and Thomson Reuters revealed that 70% of startups use cloud computing while 38% are planning to use the technology in the future.

But despite regional companies favoring the use of cloud, many are still held back by security concerns, another recent survey released by Equinix showed.

Cloud Solutions Providers, though, have been assuaging security and privacy concerns by establishing data centers locally.

According to Cisco’s Global Cloud Index, MEA cloud data traffic is expected to grow 440% in a decade while Gartner estimates that the end user spend on cloud computing within the MENA region is set to reach $2.21 billion by 2020.

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