Saudi Telecom Company subsidiary collaborates with Oracle to expand cloud services in Saudi Arabia
Thu 10 Aug 2023
center3 by Saudi Telecom Company (stc) has announced a strategic collaboration with Oracle to expand cloud services in Saudi Arabia.
The companies will provide hosting and data services for the planned Oracle Cloud Riyadh Region as well as support the expansion of the existing Oracle Cloud Jeddah Region. This will help accelerate the rollout of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services to support the increasing cloud computing demands of private and public sector organisations in Saudi Arabia.
The planned Oracle Cloud Riyadh Region is part of a $1.5 billion investment from Oracle to expand cloud infrastructure capabilities in the Saudi Arabia.
Fahad A. Alhajeri, CEO of center3, said: “This strategic collaboration will allow us to grow our business and support the digital economy of the region. We are confident that this long-term partnership will empower both center3 and Oracle to achieve new heights of success.”
The Oracle Cloud Riyadh Region will be the sixth Oracle Cloud region operating in the Middle East, joining another planned cloud region to be located in the futuristic city of NEOM.
Oracle currently operates four cloud regions in the Middle East and is currently one of the few major cloud providers to offer a cloud region in the Kingdom with the existing Oracle Cloud Jeddah Region.
This collaboration represents a significant milestone for center3, aligning with the company’s commitment to the Saudi Arabia’s 2030 vision and the digital transformation of the region connecting Asia, Africa, and Europe. The initiative is expected to bring significant economic benefits to Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.
Nick Redshaw, Senior Vice President for Middle East and Africa at Cloud Tech Oracle, said: “Oracle is driving one of the fastest expansions of cloud services offered by any major cloud vendor in Saudi Arabia to help boost cloud computing capacity in the Kingdom. We are well positioned to deliver powerful generative AI services planned that will help organisations solve today’s most complex challenges. These unique capabilities and our collaboration with center3 will further support the growth of the country’s digital economy.”
As part of stc Group’s broader focus on digital enablement, center3 is rapidly establishing itself as a leading player in the regional and global digital ecosystem. With its comprehensive portfolio of data centre and data services, center3 positions itself as a one-stop-shop for digital services in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s multiple cloud regions in the Middle East are a component of its distributed cloud strategy, which offers multiple deployment options to address differing customer needs in regulatory requirements, data residency, or latency reduction.
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