US tech giant Oracle announced on Tuesday that it partnered with leading Israeli systems integrator Bynet Data Communications to launch an underground data center in Jerusalem.
Oracle said it will be the first global tech giant to open a cloud region in Israel. Microsoft announced plans last year to establish a cloud region in Israel in 2021.
Oracle’s move to establish the center constitutes “an unprecedented investment in Jerusalem,” according to a joint statement, and is part of Oracle’s global plan to establish 38 cloud regions worldwide by the end of 2021.
The data center will extend over four floors at a depth of 50 meters below ground, has a 99.99 percent availability, provides support and operation services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is the largest and most secure facility in Israel, said Bynet CEO Alon Ben Zur in the statement.
The advanced data center 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, and retail.
It will also offer a full suite of Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database, Kubernetes, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, Oracle OCI services and Fusion Cloud applications to a broad range of customers.
“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,” said Uzi Navon, Oracle Israel Country Leader.
“Oracle explored various providers of server farms in Israel, and finally selected the Bynet Data Communications Group due to their high level of performance, advanced technologies and extensive experience,” he added.
“The establishment of the first public cloud in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem, will contribute to the further development of the city’s technology,” said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion.