Oracle has announced that it will introduce two sovereign cloud regions for the European Union this year.

Oracle’s sovereign cloud is part of its Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) portfolio. The sovereign cloud regions will logically and physically be separate from the existing public OCI regions in the EU.

A sovereign cloud region is designed to provide secure data access to both private and public entities while meeting the stringent regulatory requirements of a particular region.

According to Scott Twaddle, Vice President of OCI at Oracle, the sovereign cloud will not move customer content from the regions that customers choose for their workload, and will also limit operations and customer service responsibilities to EU citizens.

The first two Oracle sovereign cloud regions for the EU will be located in Germany and Spain. The two locations are scheduled to start operations at the end of the year.

Oracle has other sovereign regions in the U.K., the U.S., and Australia. The company also has separate cloud regions for the U.K. and the U.S. defense departments.

“These sovereign cloud regions are also designed to further enable customers to demonstrate alignment with relevant EU regulations and guidance,” Twaddle wrote in a blog post.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, the portfolio under which Oracle’s sovereign cloud will operate, currently operates six public OCI regions in the EU in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, Marseille, Milan and Stockholm.

The sources for this piece include an article in CIO.