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Government adopts cloud for its IT services, data sovereignty

22 Jun 2022 By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – The sultanate achieved a major digital milestone in realising Oman Vision 2040 on Wednesday with the implementation of Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected]

Oracle announced that the government has adopted the platform which will accelerate its cloud-led digital transformation across government and semi government entities.

The implementation of Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected], led by ITHCA (formerly Oman Information and Communication Technology Group), helps the government run its entire IT estate on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with physical control of infrastructure and data to accommodate the sultanate’s data sovereignty requirements.

“The go-live of Oracle Dedicated Region [email protected] is a major step towards strengthening Oman’s digital infrastructure for the modern economy and boosting the government’s cybersecurity preparedness,” said H H Sayyid Kamil Fahd al Said, chairman of ITHCA.

“With the platform, we have access to full public cloud capabilities on-premises to meet Oman’s data residence and data privacy requirements. This in-country infrastructure capability allows us to run all our IT services on a cloud infrastructure with physical control of infrastructure and data to help meet our country’s regulatory, data residency and latency requirements, and help boost the sultanate’s digital economy,” he added.

Following this implementation, ITHCA – with its local partners – will be able to bring new applications and services online more efficiently and cost effectively than with an on-premises platform.

“With the Oracle platform, the Government of Oman now has access to a fully managed cloud region that brings all of Oracle’s next-generation cloud services, including Autonomous Database, to the government’s data centres,” said Said al Mandhari, CEO of ITHCA.

“The government has prioritised a cloud-first approach to create an agile, efficient, secure and cost-effective infrastructure that allows the government to modernise legacy applications, boost innovation and implement additional physical security controls to protect sensitive workloads and data,” said Nick Redshaw, senior vice-president – Cloud, Middle East and Africa, Oracle.

On the occasion, H E Leslie M Tsou, US Ambassador to Oman, said, “I am proud that the Omani government has chosen to partner with Oracle to help it achieve its goals under Oman Vision 2040.”

Designed for single-tenant usage, Dedicated Region [email protected] is a self-contained region where all data, including API operations and metadata, remain local to the region.

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