UK Government ‘cloud first’ spokesperson hails the announcement as progress
Oracle, the database and platform services giant, has expanded its product line in the UK with the introduction of new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) technologies at its data center in Slough, England.
The new services are; Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Dedicated Compute Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Oracle Exadata Cloud Service.
The Slough data center currently serves over 500 UK and global customers with software-as-a-service (SaaS) and IaaS offerings tailored for private corporations and public sector customers.
Oracle says that the addition of PaaS will increase allow customers to rapidly develop, test, and launch applications at low cost. Applications offered will include the big data platform Hadoop delivered as a secure, automated service that can be integrated with existing enterprise data in Oracle databases.
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Thomas Kurian, president of Oracle, said: “CIOs are facing increased pressure to balance operational responsibilities with rising expectations all under greater scrutiny from the boardroom. Much of their future success is dependent on quickly exploiting new digital innovations and that is where cloud plays a huge part. We have introduced PaaS capabilities into the UK data center to ensure Oracle continues to help customers maximize existing technologies and new innovations and allow CIOs to set the agenda for the future of their organizations.”
Iain Patterson, CEO, for common technology services at the Government Digital Service said: “I am delighted with the investments Oracle is making in this UK data center. With several government bodies already using services from this facility, the expansion provides greater capabilities and further choice and meets additional important public sector requirements. Government is committed to a cloud first policy and significant supplier investments, such as this, support our strategic ambition and will ultimately provide better value and better services to the taxpayer.”