Datacenter Trends

Oracle Announces Massive Cloud Datacenter Expansion

Oracle plans to accelerate the expansion of its cloud datacenter virtual footprint, adding 20 new cloud availability regions to its current roster of 16 by the end of 2020, the company revealed this week. The plan will place new cloud datacenters in Europe, the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region and across the Americas.

Larry Ellison, Oracle's co-founder, CTO, and executive chairman, announced the plan at his company's annual OpenWorld using conference in San Francisco this week. The company expects to open an average of one region every 23 days over the next 15 months, he said.

Oracle's cloud group is currently scheduled to build new cloud regions in the United States (California's Bay Area), Canada (Montreal), Brazil (Belo Horizonte), United Kingdom (Newport, Wales), European Union (Amsterdam), Japan (Osaka), Australia (Melbourne), India (Hyderabad), South Korea (Chuncheon), Singapore, Israel, South Africa, Chile, two in Saudi Arabia and two in the United Arab Emirates. The group also plans to open two regions for use by the U.K. government and one for the government of Israel.

It's also worth noting that 11 of the countries or jurisdictions served by local cloud regions will have two or more regions to facilitate in-country or in-jurisdiction disaster recovery capabilities.

"Oracle's Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure makes this possible through highly-optimized region deployment technologies, which can implement an entire software defined datacenter and customer-facing cloud services in days," the company said in a statement.

Ellison also touted Oracle's collaboration with Microsoft to create high-speed links connecting the two companies' cloud datacenters with Redmond's Azure public cloud platform. Since June of this year, Oracle has had two commercial regions linked via Azure (Ashburn and London). Oracle Cloud and Azure will extend their interoperability into government regions.

Roy Illsley, distinguished analyst in Ovum's infrastructure solutions group, sees this expansion as a move that both solidifies Oracle's existing customer base and broadens the company's influence.

"As the cloud is now being used by enterprises globally for more mission-critical workloads, Oracle is demonstrating that its enterprise-grade credentials are resonating with customers, leading to a combination of customer retention and growth," Illsley said in a statement. "According to Oracle it is seeing more and more existing customers committing to the Oracle Cloud, as well as growth in new customers moving to the Oracle Cloud. Oracle's aggressive global datacenter expansion plan is helping in its growth. With its reputation for reliability, high performance and security, we believe Oracle is increasingly becoming an influential enterprise-class cloud provider."

About the Author

John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS.  He can be reached at [email protected].


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