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Home Office confirmed as early adopter of Oracle’s UK cloud region

The Home Office is to be one of the first public sector organisations to access cloud services from Oracle’s UK cloud region

The Home Office is one of the first public sector organisations to use services hosted in Oracle’s newly launched, government-focused UK cloud region.

The Oracle UK Government Cloud Region is being touted by the database software company as a highly secure environment in which public sector organisations can securely host their workloads.

The company claims the service covers all 14 points listed on the government’s Cloud Security Principles checklist, which guides public sector organisations on how best to protect their off-premise data, and is also certified as safe for government departments to use under the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme.

In a statement to Computer Weekly, Oracle said the Home Office was one of a number of public sector organisations that had signed up to use the region, which went live on Monday 10 July.

“We have a number of public sector organisations using the cloud currently, and more coming online in the coming weeks,” an Oracle spokesperson confirmed. “We are launching with a positive customer endorsement so that other public sector customers are aware of this offering.”

Mike Parsons, director general for capabilities and resources at the Home Office, said Oracle’s cloud security credentials played an important role in its decision to start using the region.

“The security of our data is of paramount importance to us. The solution Oracle has built for us is delivering the security we need, meaning we can confidently begin to move away from our existing on-premise infrastructure and realise the benefits of hosting our business-critical data in the public cloud,” said Parsons.

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Oracle is the latest in a long line of hyperscale, cloud datacentre operators to announce UK datacentre expansion plans in recent months, geared towards courting public sector cloud users.

In September 2016, Microsoft opened a Microsoft Azure datacentre, with the Ministry of Defence and the London and Maudsley NHS Trust named as tenants.

Dermot O’Kelly, senior vice-president and country leader of Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel, said: “We understand that the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information is vital to your business.

“Security is embedded in Oracle’s ‘DNA’ – within the product, the development cycle and cloud operations practices – to ensure your information remains your information. Mission-critical data can only be maintained by having the most stringent security measures in place.”

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