Oracle Announces Proposal for Two Public Cloud Regions in Morocco

Oracle revealed plans to open two Oracle Cloud Regions in Morocco to offer enterprise cloud services to local and regional organizations across Africa.

The upcoming new regions will enable Oracle customers and partners to migrate mission-critical workloads from their data centers to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), while helping them comply with local regulations. As a result, customers and partners can access a wide range of cloud services to modernize their applications and innovate with AI, data, and analytics, according to Oracle.

The planned public cloud regions in Casablanca and Settat underscore Oracle’s commitment to Africa and will help drive the digital transformation of enterprises, startups, universities, and investors in Morocco and across the region.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the two Oracle Cloud Regions in Morocco was signed by Mohcine Jazouli, minister delegate to the head of government in charge of investment, convergence, and evaluation of public policies; Ghita Mezzour, minister delegate to the head of government in charge of digital transition and administrative reform; Ali Seddiki, general director of the Moroccan agency for the development of investments and exports (AMDIE); and Oracle leaders during GITEX Africa 2024.

“As one of the largest economies in Africa, and with strong business and cultural connections with West Africa, Maghreb, and Europe, Morocco offers unique growth opportunities for businesses that are aiming to accelerate their expansion by deploying the latest digital technologies,” said Richard Smith, executive vice president, technology, EMEA, Oracle. “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. The new regions will also serve as the foundation for the Moroccan government’s modernization of its public services to better serve its people.”

With the planned regions in Morocco, customers and partners can gain low-latency access to cloud services to help them derive better value from their data.

Customers can also leverage redundancy and disaster recovery capabilities to enhance business continuity and help address Morocco’s regulations and requirements for data residency.

In addition, OCI’s sovereign AI capabilities provide customers with increased control over where they locate their data and computing infrastructure and how they manage it. As a result, customers can achieve AI sovereignty by gaining the assurance that their use of AI is aligned with digital sovereignty frameworks, according to Oracle.

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