Oracle: Oracle's Linlithgow data center set to shutdown

Dec 07, 2021 | Posted by MadalineDunn

Oracle has announced that it will be closing its Linlithgow data center in Scotland early next year. The company acquired the former Sun Microsystems manufacturing facility back in 2009 and transformed the facility into a data center in 2012. It spans 160,000 sq ft (14,900 sqm), with a capacity of 10MW.

According to Martin Biggs, vice president and general manager of Oracle and SAP support firm Spinnaker Support, the closure will mean that the company will migrate customers to its Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform.

Commenting on the closure, Mark Vivian, CEO of Oracle support and managed service provider company Claremont, said: "It's no secret that Oracle is undergoing a transitionary period where it is upgrading its datacentre estate in order to gear them towards the cloud and to compete with other public clouds such as AWS and Azure. As it brings its datacentre estate up to date so OCI is the default, not all of Linlithgow's tenants will share Oracle's cloud-first vision, and some will be hesitant or even resistant to any change.”

Adding: "Any turbulence Oracle is currently experiencing at its Linlithgow datacentre could therefore be considered to be symptomatic of a wider trend: not all organisations feel that they are ready to renovate their systems at the pace Oracle is attempting to set.”

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