Oracle has opened a data centre in Israel which it claims is able to withstand rocket attacks to ensure continued resilience in the troubled state, according to local news reports.
The Jerusalem facility, the first of two planned public cloud facilities in the country is about 50 metres below one of the city's technology parks, was designed to host some of the nation’s most sensitive IT infrastructure.
The multi-tenant data center, which reportedly offers a total of 460,000 square feet of floor space, was built by the Israeli IT service provider Bynet Data Communications.
According to reports, nine floors underground, the server farm is designed to keep running with its own power generators during the regions' periodic fighting, ensuring users can retain their data on a local cloud rather than outside Israel.
“This is an important step toward the upcoming opening of the Oracle Israel East Cloud region,” Uzi Navon, Oracle’s Israel country leader, said in a statement quoted by The Jerusalem Post. “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.”
Oracle's Israel investment is part of a move to open 14 cloud regions with new locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America.
Israel will be Oracle’s second cloud region in the Middle East. The company launched its first cloud data centers in the region last year, in Dubai.