Oracle's Dubai cloud region receives DESC certification
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Oracle’s Dubai cloud region receives DESC certification

Oracle’s Dubai cloud region receives DESC certification

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure operates two cloud regions in the UAE – Dubai and Abu Dhabi, providing customers with business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities

Divsha Bhat
Dubai DESC

Oracle has announced that its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) region in Dubai has successfully completed the Dubai Electronic Security Center’s (DESC) cloud service provider security standard audit – a framework for supporting government entities with cyber risk management based on international standards.

Yousef Al Shaibani, director-general of the DESC – the cybersecurity arm of Digital Dubai, praised the approval of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Platform, said: “We see this as a model for joint action between government and private sector to achieve goals that serve all parties. with the continued progress of emerging digital technologies, the application of the highest levels of security for cloud service providers has become one of the necessary conditions to achieve strategic goals in the context of comprehensive digital transformation.”

“At Oracle, we are committed to supporting our customers’ innovation strategies, and are actively investing in offering the latest cloud infrastructure solutions in the region while also working on addressing UAE-specific compliance requirements – all to help make it easier for our customers to use Oracle Cloud,” said Nick Redshaw, senior vice president – Technology Cloud, Middle East and Africa, Oracle.

Meanwhile, Oracle has demonstrated its commitment to the region with massive investments to enable organisations of all sizes to achieve strategic objectives through digital transformation. The cloud provider launched its cloud regions in Jeddah and Dubai in 2020, Abu Dhabi in 2021, besides also announcing NEOM as the location of its second cloud region in Saudi Arabia. The company aims to launch 44 cloud regions globally by the end of 2022.

Oracle’s cloud regions in Saudi Arabia and the UAE are built on OCI, allowing customers to easily migrate current workloads and data platforms or develop new cloud-native applications that benefit from improved performance, reduced costs, and built-in security features.

The company’s strategy has been to meet customers where they are, enabling them to keep data and services where they need them. “Our strategy is based on the idea that the cloud should be engineered to support every app, rather than forcing customers to re-engineer their applications to work with the cloud,” it said in a statement.

Oracle had earlier stated that, some key differentiators separate them from other cloud vendors: “Customers can choose OCI over AWS to easily implement security controls and automation to prevent misconfiguration errors and implement security best practices. In addition, they can consume cloud services in the public cloud or within their own data centre with Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected], choosing OCI over the Google Cloud Platform allows customers to lower risks with Oracle’s end-to-end SLAs covering services’ performance, availability, and manageability.”

The cloud provider has been staying a step ahead in the region. Leading businesses such as DP World, Abu Dhabi Customs, Qatar Airways, Kuwait Gulf Oil Company, Miral, Saudi Railways, Mashreq Bank, Damac, Saudi Arabia Tourism Development Fund, Saudi Railway Company, Saudi Arabia Mining Company (Ma’aden) have chosen Oracle Cloud solutions to drive major transformation within their organisations.

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