Thursday, November 23, 2017

Oracle, Microsoft open government cloud zones

Some in the UK, some in the US, but all with the same mission: provide national bodies with the cloud infrastructure needed to keep the digital economy going.

Two of the world’s largest cloud providers, Oracle and Microsoft, have opened cloud government regions in the UK and in the US.

Over in Europe, Oracle has launched what it calls the UK Government Cloud Region, aimed at public sector entities and designed to help users comply with data security regulations.

The cloud region is set to help government organisations move workloads to the cloud while keeping up with current UK security requirements.

Dermot O’Kelly, senior vice president and country leader, Oracle UK, Ireland & Israel, said: “Mission critical data can only be maintained by having the most stringent security measures in place. Today’s announcements show we share the Government’s commitment to provide the highest possible levels of security.”

Also commenting, Mike Parsons, Director General, Capabilities and Resources at the Home Office said: “The security of our data is of paramount importance to us. The solution Oracle has built for us is delivering the security we need, meaning we can confidently begin to move away from our existing on-premise infrastructure and realise the benefits of hosting our business-critical data in the public cloud.”

Whilst Oracle has focused on the UK, Microsoft has looked once more into the US and has made its government cloud available from two extra data centre regions, bringing the total number of regions offering such solutions to six.

The provider has added Arizona and Texas to boost provision on the East Coast, West Coast and Central US, said Tom Keane, GM at the American multinational.

Keane said: “With a total of six U.S. data centre regions, including two dedicated regions with DoD Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization (PA), Azure Government continues to deliver the most customer choice in the US for locating government workloads and sensitive data.

“As part of offering the broadest geographic availability, these regions are over 500 miles apart for geo-redundancy and we offer data replication across regions for business continuity.”