Feb 11, 2021

Oracle opens one of MEA’s most secure data centres

Data Centres
Harry Menear
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In partnership with Bynet Communications, Oracle is opening a hyperscale data centre 50 metres below Jerusalem
In partnership with Bynet Communications, Oracle is opening a hyperscale data centre 50 metres below Jerusalem...

Global cloud provider Oracle has spun up a new cloud region in Israel with the opening of its hyper-secure hyperscale data centre in Jerusalem.

The company announced the launch at an event earlier this week, which was attended by Oracle Israel country leader Uzi Navon, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon, and Bynet CEO Alon Ben Zur. 

“This is an important step toward the upcoming opening of the Oracle Israel East Cloud region,” said Navon at the press event, reported 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 won the project last year, reportedly beating out Amazon Web Services with its tender offer (reported to be in the realm of several hundred million dollars). 

This week’s announcement comes at an opportune time for Oracle, as the Israeli government (with its chequered past with regard to human right violations) plans to move much of its infrastructure and services to the cloud this year as part of the sweeping Nimbus Cloud project. 

“The establishment of the first public cloud in Israel, specifically in Jerusalem, will contribute to the further development of the city’s technology,” said Lion. 

The new facility, which places significant emphasis on security, is located 50 metres underground and reportedly spans “thousands of metres” of floorspace. 

The site’s security standards have been designed to provide advanced cloud services to customers in need of high levels of security, like banks, insurance companies, infrastructure organisations and the Israeli defence department. 

Oracle reportedly plans to establish 38 cloud regions globally by the end of 2021, one of the fastest expansions by a cloud provider in history. 

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May 12, 2021

People Moves: John Gould joins nDivision board 

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The CyrusOne and Dell veteran will guide and advocate for nDivision, a high-tech automation firm based in Dallas. 

This week, IT and automation startup nDivision signed John Gould to its board of directors. It’s an undeniable win for the relatively small Texan tech firm, as Gould brings a degree of pedigree and experience to the small firm, and will undoubtedly open doors to new partnerships and commercial opportunities as a result. 

John Gould - Linkedin
John Gould - Linkedin

Recently, Gould served as the CMO and member of the executive team at CyrusOne. During his tenure at the leading data centre firm, he is credited with generating market-leading sales growth to the tune of $1bn between 2016 and last year - representing a CAGR of about 20%. He left the company in September of last year, since taking over as the Chief Revenue Officer at Enchanted Rock, an IT and data centre power support and resilliency firm also based in Dallas. 

Before joining CyrusOne, Gould worked as the President of Stratasys, a 3D printing firm, as well as the Chief Revenue Officer at ReachLocal, and spent 14 years in various roles at Dell - working largely on the sales side of the tech giant’s managed IT services and digital transformation business. 

"We are incredibly excited and honored to have John join the nDivision board. John is an extremely accomplished business executive and respected corporate leader who brings a wealth of experience to nDivision,” commented nDivision’s CEO, Alan Hixon. 

“His business savvy as well as his relationships immediately makes him a valuable board member and advocate for nDivision." 

nDivision’s business model - using proprietary, AIdriven automation to replace human workers - is a new direction for Gould, but his career in the data centre and cloud industries has already been diverse enough. 

In a statement to the press, he commented that, “nDivision has a disruptive IT Managed Services solution due to its high degree of Intelligent Automation technologies, which drives both cost savings and dramatically improved service levels for its customers. I see huge potential for the nDivision platform and am excited to join its board and look forward to working with Alan and the entire nDivision board and management team in driving shareholder value."


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