SAN FRANCISCO: Oracle has announced the opening of two data centres in Germany, along with teaming up with Vodafone to push the Internet of Things.
The two new facilities, located in Frankfurt and Munich, will go live in the next few weeks and will be completely operational before the end of the year. They join the two other European countries that already have their own data centres, the UK and the Netherlands.
Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld on Sunday, Loïc le Guisquet, executive vice president for Oracle in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (pictured left), said the facilities "will provide cloud services to those businesses in the German market whose preference is for cloud applications deployed in Germany". He added that the decision to open the new data centres was in "response to the very strong demand in Germany and response to the questions around security".
This demand was no doubt prompted by the controversy over the Prism spying program, uncovered by Edward Snowden last summer, which revealed the US National Security Agency was monitoring the communications of major online firms such as Microsoft and Google, along with certain world leaders including German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Le Guisquet was unable to confirm whether data stored in the German data centres would only be subject to EU laws, and would be protected from US data access demands. This will certainly be top of mind for many IT chiefs, after Microsoft was found in contempt of court for failing to hand over customer data stored in its Irish data centre to the US authorities.
Le Guisquet was keen to play down these concerns, however.
"There are security and privacy aspects to that question. Who accesses the data, the processes around it; the location of the data is only one factor in that whole conversation," he said. "It's an important one, and one many people focus on, and one that is relevant, but in terms of privacy laws the data centres we have in the EU cater for any customers in the EU. Opening them country by country is a mix of some specifity in those countries and also to give some comfort."
Oracle also announced it is teaming up with Vodafone to partner on a range of digitisation and Internet of Things projects.
Dermot O'Kelly, senior vice president for Oracle in the UK, Ireland and Israel, told V3 that while the collaboration is at the early stage, location could be a key element of it. He explained that with Oracle providing the enterprise infrastructure such as storage and analytics, and Vodafone having access to a wealth of customer data, there is much potential for marketing around location targeting.
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