Oracle has announced plans to set up a new data centre in Jerusalem; it will function as a regional cloud provider for Israeli clients.
The data centre, which is expected to be operational before the end of this year, is seen by Oracle as an important step towards the upcoming opening of the Oracle Israel East Cloud region. It’s also part of Oracle’s global plan to set up 38 cloud regions worldwide by the end of 2021. In the Middle East, Oracle has cloud regions in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, where the company opened a cloud data centre in November.
The data centre will be set up together with Bynet Data Communications on its server farm in Jerusalem. Bynet is an Israeli provider of end-to-end integration solutions and services and part of the RAD Bynet Group.
The underground facility is a 14,000 sqm bunker locate below five parking levels and a 17-storey building in the Har Hotzvim tech hub. The data centre itself extends over four floors 50 metres below ground level and has been described as “one of the most secure in the Middle East”.
According to a report in the Times of Israel, the centre will provide advanced cloud services to companies on the Israeli market from a variety of sectors. It overcomes the challenge for these sectors of migrating to a public cloud when the servers are not located in the country in which they operate.
Amazon and Microsoft are not going to be left behind, however. AWS and Azure regions will soon open in Israel.