Oracle wants to introduce sovereign cloud regions specifically for the EU for OCI. With these, the provider primarily wants to win customers who have to meet the strict requirements of the GDPR. The instances booked are correspondingly independent of the US servers, although Oracle has already assured that data will not be moved between regions.
In addition, only EU employees should take over the support and operational management. Both could look familiar to existing Oracle customers: the provider already has a comparable offer in its portfolio with EU Restricted Access. However, with the planned start in 2023, the latter should be absorbed into the new sovereign cloud regions.
Oracle also wants to offer suitable guidelines and governance tools that customers can use to regulate the storage and access to data in compliance with GDPR. In addition, you can specify how you want to deal with government requests for stored information. Otherwise, the selection of OCI services should not differ from that of the regular public cloud regions.
For the introduction, two data centers in Germany and Spain are to go into operation. You remain independent of the existing six Oracle locations in the EU. The prices of the new sovereign cloud regions should not deviate from those of their normal OCI counterparts. See Oracle’s announcement for more details.