Oracle announced the addition of five new cloud regions across five continents. The announcement was made following the addition of a region in Jeddah. This makes it the first public cloud vendor with data centers in Saudi Arabia. According to Oracle, these new regions are a part of their efforts to offer at least 2 regions in every country they are operating in. Other regions include Osaka, Japan; Montreal, Canada; Amsterdam, Netherlands and Melbourne, Australia.
This is useful for both – meeting the data residency requirements and also disaster recovery purposes. It also gives additional confidence to business customers who are pondering moving critical systems to the cloud. Additionally, Oracle looks to add another region in Saudi and 2 regions in UAE. These five new regions are open for business as well as available in the Oracle Cloud Console. The tech giant hopes to have a total of 36 cloud regions by this year-end. The tech giant is on track to have a total of up and running by the end of the year.
It also has its Gen2 Cloud available in 21 independent locations. Oracle says Gen2 Cloud is purpose-built for the enterprise, however, it is identified as a niche infrastructure provider, a fraction of the market share with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
Oracle also states that it’s moving to expand its infrastructure business through an automated region-building process. Oracle has entered into a partnership with Microsoft Azure to offer a unique interoperability partnership which will help the cloud business of Oracle to make inroads with organizations that are taking up multi-cloud strategies.