OCI (Oracle Cloud Infrastructure) has launched new sovereign cloud regions for its users in the European Union.
The news comes as a rising number of governments and companies increasingly move mission-vital workloads to the cloud, needing greater protection of sensitive data in public clouds, especially ones in national jurisdictions and borders.
According to Andrea Cesarini, the Accenture Oracle business group lead, “With this Oracle’s sovereign cloud regions for the EU, we bring our clients the ability to host sensitive data and applications in a public cloud that is both within the EU and designed to facilitate customer compliance with EU data privacy and sovereignty regulations.”
Jurisdictions and countries increasingly request that data remain within their borders, as organizations demand more control and transparency over where and how their data is handled, secured, and stored.
Consequently, Oracle is deploying fresh OCI sovereign cloud regions to host applications and data that are regulated, sensitive, or of key regional importance.
For Yannick Tricaud, the head of southern Europe, Atos, “The announcement of the opening of the EU Oracle Cloud regions in Germany and Spain is great news for our customers who will can benefit from the breadth of Oracle Cloud services within a European operating model.”
The first 2 sovereign cloud regions would be in Spain and Germany, with support and operations limited to EU residents and given EU legal entities.
In addition, the sovereign cloud regions would be physically and logically separate from the old public OCI Regions in the EU cities of Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and Marseille.
In his thoughts, Richard Wiersema, the director of operations at DICTU, said, “With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s offerings now in the EU, our options for storing data in a compliant manner could be expanded. As a public sector enterprise within the European Union, the capabilities and features of Oracle’s sovereign cloud regions for the EU could, under the right conditions, be a useful alternative for our organization,”
Oracle aims to migrate customers with Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications.
Meanwhile, Oracle has planned to migrate its users with Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications in the old EU Restricted Access cloud service to the new OCI sovereign cloud regions.
The new sovereign cloud regions would operate under strict governance and policies for data security, residency, compliance, and privacy.
Jarkko Levasma, the government CIO and Finland director general ministry of finance, believes that having cloud services with data centers situated in the EU and supported, updated, and operated by EU residents and maintaining isolation from non-EU cloud regions is a crucial part of the cloud adoption.
Levasma thinks that it’ll open up more chances to adopt Platform, Infrastructure, and Software as a service for the Finland government.