Oracle inks Ministry of Defence cloud infrastructure deal

06 October 2020

Defence Digital, the digital arm of the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD), has selected Oracle’s cloud infrastructure to add to the MODCLOUD multi-hybrid suite of secure services.

The vendor said its flexible hybrid cloud infrastructure allows the choice and scale of technologies to handle data in a largely compliant environment.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) that provides on-premises high-performance computing power to manage cloud native and enterprise company’s IT workloads.

It is said to offer real-time elasticity for enterprise applications by combining the company’s autonomous services, integrated security, and serverless computing.

 “The real opportunity of digital transformation—which includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, blockchain, and human interfaces—is to embrace data on a scale we’ve never seen before,” said MOD Defence Digital application services and dev ops head Brigadier Sara Sharkey. “Selecting Oracle Cloud Infrastructure within our MODCLOUD Multi-Hybrid suite of services offers new technologies that are reshaping how we approach IT and using this information, allowing us to focus on innovation and outcomes for both business and importantly, people.”

Digital Defence will make the cloud infrastructure, integrated suite of business applications, and platform services available to the larger defence community. This will be made available under a pan-defence Oracle enterprise agreement, and through Oracle’s integrated collection of services under a ‘single-sign on.’

Oracle said that as a result the Ministry of Defence can access digital assistants, mobile hub, data visualisation, low code development tools, and emerging technologies.

“The Ministry of Defence will capitalise on the choice and economic benefits Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can provide, all of which will help meet challenges that lie ahead,” added Oracle UK senior vice president and country leader Richard Petley. “It joins a whole host of public sector organisations, such as the Home Office, Western Sussex Family Assist, Lambeth Borough Council, Croydon County Council, The Office for National Statistics and Scottish Water, which are already using Oracle Cloud.”