Oracle announced on Tuesday that it is opening a new data center in the Middle East to keep up with growing demand for its cloud computing services. The Abu Dhabi data center announcement comes as Oracle also plans to open new offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Internet City, Amman, and Riyadh in 2016.
According to Oracle, the company has more than doubled its workforce in the Middle East over the past three years. It plans to continue this by hiring more than 250 sales professionals in the region.
Oracle said that the data center will allow Oracle to better manage its service level objectives and data governance for customers throughout the Middle East. According to recent research by Gartner, the public cloud services market in the Middle East and Africa will be dominated by business process as a service (BPaas) cloud services making up 25.6 percent of the market, PaaS at 7.4 percent, cloud management and security services at 10.6 percent, IaaS at 10.7 percent, and 17.4 percent coming from cloud advertising.
“As companies turn to cloud computing to modernize their business and drive innovation, we are seeing significant demand for Oracle Cloud – in the Middle East and around the world,” said Loic Le Guisquet, president, EMEA and APAC, Oracle. “We are investing in the infrastructure to support this demand by hiring new, top sales talent and by building new data centers. The Middle East is an important region for us and we will continue to invest here.”
“We have doubled the size of our Oracle workforce in the United Arab Emirates over the past three years,” said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, senior vice president, Oracle Middle East, Central Asia, North and South Africa. “This latest recruitment initiative will support the needs of rapidly growing businesses in the region that are embracing the agility and scalability that Oracle Cloud delivers.”