Government-owned Bangladesh Data Center Company Limited (BDCCL) has equipped its data centers with the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Dedicated Region.

The OCI solution can now be used by more than 30 government agencies in Bangladesh while meeting data governance and privacy requirements.

BDCCL National Data Centre
BDCCL National Data Centre – Google Maps

Critical systems such as national security, e-governance, e-filing, and health and social services are operated via BDCCL.

According to Oracle, the Dedicated Region gives the data centers "significant agility and cost benefits," making it easier to launch new applications and services online within a 'sovereign government cloud' solution.

The agreement with OCI is part of Bangladesh's cloud-led digital transformation initiative called Smart Bangladesh Vision 2041.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak MP, state minister, Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Government of Bangladesh, said: “The creation of the Bangladesh sovereign cloud with OCI Dedicated Region is the backbone of this vision and will enable us to strengthen our digital infrastructure for the modern economy and boost our cybersecurity readiness. We look forward to creating a truly smart government with Oracle.”

OCI Dedicated Regions are designed for single-tenant use and are a self-contained region that keeps all data, API operations, and metadata within their borders. Bangladesh's government has access to Oracle's 100+ cloud services and will be able to use its sovereign artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.

Other Dedicated Region customers include Vodafone, Oman, Japan’s Nomura Research Institute (NRI), UAE telco e& (Etisalat), and G42-owned Injazat.

“A cloud-first approach has become pivotal for governments to enhance efficiency, scalability, and cost-effectiveness in a secure manner,” said Garrett Ilg, executive vice president and general manager, Japan & Asia Pacific, Oracle. “With cloud computing, governments can unlock innovation and enable civil servants to better serve the communities. OCI Dedicated Region offers the government of Bangladesh a complete cloud solution within their own data center. This creates an agile, efficient, secure, and cost-effective platform that allows the government to modernize applications, accelerate innovation, and address data sovereignty needs.”

In February 2024, Bangladesh's first cloud data center commenced operations. Called Meghna Cloud, the facility is located in the Bangabandhu Hi-Tech City in Kaliakoir, Gazipur, and is a joint venture between BDCCL and Gennext Technologies.