Oracle UK is to manage all of the company's European operational systems for up to two years, while the software supplier prepares to run its global data processing from a megacentre in California.
Subsidiaries in other parts of Europe have seen their national data centres closed as part of a phased shut down of 40 centres worldwide.
The centres will be replaced by a single data centre in California, which will host applications such as human resources and accounting for the entire company.
Ray Lane, Oracle's chief operating officer, said the European systems would be run from a consolidated centre in the UK until the California centre was up and running.
"It'll take 18 months to two years to complete the consolidation in one global centre. All our systems will then be run out of California. There will be a backup centre, but not necessarily in Europe," he explained.
But the decision to shut down the national centres has not gone down well in all quarters.
Sources close to the company claimed that the French and German subsidiaries - which have previously resisted attempts by Oracle headquarters in California to impose global sales and marketing policies - were particularly reluctant to toe the line.
Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief executive, admitted that there had been some resistance, but added that the objections were soon overcome when money entered the equation.
"They can have their own operations, but the global services come free and local ones don't. We said, you can have French email systems, but you have to pay for it from your budgets, and the French management is paid for on a profit share basis," he said.
He added: "It's funny, but before we changed the compensation plan, [closing the data centres] was a matter of national sovereignty, but afterwards it was a case of them asking why it was taking so long to close them down."
But it's not just Europe that has had objections - Oracle Canada was also unhappy about the changeover.
"The Canadians were ready to go to war," recalled Ellison. "For them, it was bad enough having this country to the south of them anyway, but now we were telling them to shut down their centre."
Ellison and Lane made their remarks in London on Friday on the last leg of a tour of European cities to try and evangelise Oracle's role as an ebusiness company.
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