13 February 2018
| James Pearce
Oracle has unveiled plans to launch 12 new data centre regions, expanding its new enterprise cloud platform to Asia.
The cloud provider will launch in locations including China,
India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Korea, whilst
also expanding its presence in Europe (Amsterdam and
Switzerland) and North America (Canada and the US).
Currently, Oracle hosts the cloud platform in two locations
in the US and one in Europe. The two new sites in the US will
aim to support Department of Defense clients, Oracle said.
"The future of IT is autonomous. With our expanded, modern
data centres, Oracle is uniquely suited to deliver the most
autonomous technologies in the world," said Oracle CEO Mark
"As we invest, our margins will continue to expand. And with
our global data centre expansion, we are able to help customers
lower IT costs, mitigate risks and compete like they never have
Customers in more than 195 countries are running their most
demanding applications on Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle
The expansion to Saudi Arabia will make Oracle one of the
first major cloud players to launch a data centre in the Middle
Eastern country, although recent reports claim Amazon is close
to signing a $1 billion investment in AWS facilities there.
It comes just months after Oracle announced an expansion of
its partnership with Equinix that will see the latter expand
its Oracle Cloud infrastructure to a further 16 data centres
across North America and Europe.
As a result of the expansion, to Equinix International
Business Exchange (IBX) data centres, customers can easily
connect to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) using Oracle Cloud
Cisco's 7th annual Global Cloud Index (2016-2021) claims
that data centre traffic from cloud services will reach 95% by
2021, up 7% from 2016. In addition the report suggests that
global cloud data centre traffic will reach 19.5 ZB per year by
2021, up from 6.0 ZB per year in 2016, showing the opportunity
for cloud providers who are expanding their footprints.
Oracle is among the top 10 providers of cloud
infrastructure, according to Synergy Research Group, but has a
significantly smaller market share than rivals including
Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and Google who dominate.