Oracle to establish first local cloud region in Jerusalem

The sophisticated data center in the Israeli capital is to provide advanced cloud services to companies from a variety of sectors, the tech giant says 

Uzi Navon (R), Oracle Israel country leader, Moshe Lion (C), mayor of Jerusalem, and Alon Ben Zur, CEO of Bynet. Photo: Ezra Levy 

Oracle announced this week that it will launch a second-generation cloud in Israel, offering a full suite of Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database, Kubernetes, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, Oracle OCI services and Oracle Fusion Cloud applications to a broad range of customers.  

The company has partnered with Israel's Bynet Data Communications, a provider of end-to-end integration solutions and services, for the project. Oracle will be the first global tech giant to open a cloud region in Israel. The step is also seen as constituting an unprecedented investment in Jerusalem. 

Oracle’s agreement with Bynet, part of the RAD Bynet Group, will lead to the building of a data center at Bynet's advanced server farm in Jerusalem. The establishment of the Israel data region is part of Oracle's global plan to establish 38 cloud regions worldwide by the end of 2021, and make the company the public cloud provider with the fastest expansion of any major cloud provider in the world, Oracle said. 

The sophisticated and advanced data center that will be used for Oracle’s public cloud in Israel spreads across a unique underground facility of thousands of square meters, designed with the highest industry standards, and will be one of the most secure in the Middle East. It will provide advanced cloud services to companies on the Israeli market from a variety of sectors - the defense industry, government, banks, insurance companies, infrastructure, technology, retail, and more, according to Oracle. 

"This is an important step toward the upcoming opening of the Oracle Israel East Cloud region," said Uzi Navon, Oracle Israel country leader. "With the new Cloud region in the capital city of Israel, Oracle is once again proving its commitment to the State of Israel and to Israeli customers, and ensures a second-generation cloud infrastructure with the strongest performance, at the highest level of security."

Moshe Lion, mayor of Jerusalem, said "Oracle's choice of Jerusalem fully expresses its trust in the human capital and resources available within the city. The establishment of the first public cloud in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem, will contribute to the further development of the city’s technology. This is truly an IT revolution. The server farm will be constructed 50 meters underground and will be the most secure facility in Israel."

The CEO of Bynet, Alon Ben Zur, said "This is a revolution that will change the way IT services are consumed in Israel.  The need to develop cloud services is driven by the understanding that technology is crucial to secure growth and development, as it is the best way to overcome the crisis and enable future growth. The data center extends over 4 floors at a depth of 50 meters below ground level, has a 99.99% availability, provides support and operation services 24/7/365 and is the largest and most secure facility in Israel."

Eran Feigenbaum, Vice President of Product Development, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, "Many organizations, including government, security and other enterprise organizations that are subject to laws and regulations, find it complicated to migrate to a public cloud because the servers are not located in the country in which they operate. A cloud region located in Israel provides a solution to this challenge, certainly when it comes to a cloud that was built in the first place to meet the most stringent security requirements."  He added: "This cloud region further positions Jerusalem as an important hi-tech city in the startup nation."

"The pandemic has boosted remote work, whether in the government or in the business sector, and we are seeing an increase in the volume of cloud use, also in Israel. Companies are undergoing an accelerated digital transformation, and the cloud is what enables this transformation."