Oracle teams with Vodafone on IoT, expands European cloud data centres

Oracle is seeking to beef up its wireless credentials by collaborating with Vodafone to develop internet of things (IoT) systems, as well as working on a separate plan to open new cloud data centres in Europe.

The software specialist revealed the tie-up with Vodafone during its annual Openworld user conference, which is taking place this week in San Francisco. Loïc Le Guisquet, Oracle's EVP for EMEA, said the company will seek to use Vodafone's position in the IoT and cloud sectors to jointly develop products and services for industries including automotive, smart cities, and mobile health, Computer Weekly reported.

Le Guisquet said connectivity is already changing the dynamic between patients and doctors by providing 24-hour monitoring of key metrics including blood pressure, oxygen levels, and the blood sugar levels, the news site added.

Oracle separately revealed plans to extend its European data centres with a pair of new facilities in Germany to complement existing sites in the UK and Netherlands.

The company will establish the centres in Frankfurt and Munich. It plans to have both up and running by the end of the year. The sites will initially provide a range of existing Oracle cloud services exclusively for German businesses, as the company seeks to tap growing demand for cloud services in the country.

Oracle hopes to cash in on growing privacy concerns in Germany raised by claims of snooping by U.S. and UK authorities made by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Jürgen Kunz, country leader of Oracle Germany, said the new data centres "will service the considerable demand for cloud applications among German businesses and will provide an important, strategic facility on the doorstep of some of Germany's biggest businesses."

Oracle states its cloud service is already used by 25 million users at some 10,000 organisations, and that its German sites will offer its fastest rate of provisioning to date.

For more:
- read this Computer Weekly article
- view Oracle's data centre announcement

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