Oracle opens cloud data centre 50m underground in Israel • The Register

Oracle has opened a data center in Israel, which claims to be able to withstand missile attacks to ensure continued resilience in the troubled state.

The first of two planned public cloud facilities in the country is about 50 meters below one of Jerusalem’s technology parks.

Nine floors underground, the server farm is designed to continue to operate with its own power generators during periodic battles in the regions, ensuring that users can store their data in a local cloud rather than outside Israel.

According to Israeli data, battle groups fired about 4,360 missiles from Gaza during the recent conflict in May.

Speaking to Reuters, Eran Feigenbaum, Oracle’s manager in Israel, said: “This facility … can withstand a direct missile strike, a direct missile strike or even a car bomb – and the services will continue to work with customers even without knowing that something so terrible has happened. “

Although Oracle has R&D units in Israel, prior to the opening of the new facility, Oracle’s closest cloud region to the country was in the United Arab Emirates, where AWS also plans to open.

Oracle has already registered a number of customers in the Middle East, Feigenbaum said.

Not that it helped Oracle persuade the Israeli government to become a cloud customer. In May concludes deals with rivals AWS and Google worth about $ 1 billion to provide services to the public sector and the military.

Oracle’s Israeli investment is part of a movement to open 14 cloud regions with new locations in Europe, the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. His plans for data centers include Italy, Sweden, France, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia. By the end of 2022, Big Red expects to open additional facilities in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, Israel and Chile, providing a total of 44 cloud regions.

In May, Oracle launches a cloud powered by Arm with 80-core Ampere processors for one US cent per hour per core.

According to Canalys statistics, Oracle had a 2.3% share of cloud infrastructure spending in the EMEA in the second quarter, amounting to approximately $ 248 million. This put it in sixth place after AWS, Microsoft, Google, OVH and IBM. ®