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Oracle Expands Cloud Footprint in Africa with Two New Regions in Morocco

Cloud Technology, Colin Timmis, South Africa,
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Oracle, a global leader in database management systems and cloud solutions, is set to strengthen its presence in Africa by establishing two Oracle Cloud Regions in Morocco. This strategic move will enable local and regional organizations across the continent to leverage enterprise-grade cloud services, accelerating their digital transformation journey.

The announcement comes as Oracle reaffirms its commitment to Africa, with the new cloud regions in Casablanca and Settat poised to provide a robust platform for Moroccan and regional enterprises, startups, universities, and investors to embrace cloud computing and unlock new growth opportunities.

With these cloud regions, Oracle customers and partners will gain the ability to seamlessly migrate their mission-critical workloads from on-premises data centers to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). This transition will not only enhance operational efficiency but also ensure compliance with local regulations, as organizations can access a diverse range of cloud services tailored to modernize applications and foster innovation in areas such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, and cybersecurity.

Ghita Mezzour, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of Digital Transition and Administrative Reform, praised the initiative, stating that the expansion establishes Morocco as a unique regional player, fostering dynamic skill development and creating growth opportunities for the local workforce.

“The upcoming Oracle Cloud Regions will offer enterprise-grade cloud capabilities to help organizations quickly deliver new solutions, build resilience, and explore new markets to help accelerate growth,” said Richard Smith, Executive Vice President, of Technology, EMEA, Oracle. “The new regions will also serve as the foundation for the Moroccan government’s modernization of its public services to better serve its people.”

This development comes on the heels of Oracle’s announcement to expand its research and development (R&D) capabilities in Morocco by hiring 1,000 information technology (IT) professionals. The investment aims to accelerate the development of Oracle’s cutting-edge technologies, which help solve customer challenges globally.

Oracle revealed plans to open a new branch of Oracle Labs, the company’s advanced research arm, at Casanearshore Park in Casablanca. This facility will house up to 100 researchers who will leverage Oracle’s cloud, AI, and machine learning technologies to address pressing challenges in business, science, and the public sector.

With these strategic investments, Oracle is poised to play a pivotal role in driving innovation and fostering a thriving technology ecosystem in Morocco and across Africa. By providing access to advanced cloud infrastructure and nurturing local talent, Oracle is paving the way for organizations to unlock new possibilities and contribute to the continent’s digital transformation.

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