Oracle announced in late September that it plans to open two new German data centers in an effort to meet customers' requirements for cloud security and privacy. The company is planning a Munich data center and a Frankfurt data center, adding to the tech giant's existing portfolio of 19 facilities around the world, including three others in Europe.
Oracle said it will operate a primary data center in Interxion's Frankfurt facility and a secondary site in an Equinix Munich facility. Oracle plans to use the facilities to provide a variety of cloud solutions and expects both of the new data centers to be fully operational by the end of 2014. Earlier this year, Oracle introduced almost 200 Software-as-a-Service applications, highlighting the company's increased commitment to cloud services.
While the concept of data sovereignty has always been important in industries such as financial services, healthcare and government, the need for secure data storage has increased in recent years due to growing concerns over Internet and telecommunication surveillance. Until Oracle announced their German data centers, the only European countries with their own data centers were the U.K. and the Netherlands.
Oracle already operates facilities in North America, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region, and CEO Mark Hurd has said there are plans for the company to expand its operations even further in the future.