US enterprise software giant Oracle has listed South Africa as one of the countries where it plans to invest in cloud data centre facilities before the end of next year.
The company said on Monday at its annual Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco that it plans to launch 20 new Oracle Cloud regions by the end of 2020, for a total of 36 infrastructure regions worldwide.
Oracle Cloud has opened 12 regions in the past year and currently operates 16 regions globally — 11 commercial and five government.
The planned expansion includes regions in new countries and dual, geographically separated regions in the US, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Israel, and new government regions in the UK and Israel.
Oracle Cloud is scheduled to build new cloud regions in the US (California), Canada (Montreal), Brazil (Belo Horizonte), the UK (Newport, Wales), Europe (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.
Oracle said it expects to open an average of one region every 23 days over the next 15 months.
The planned investment follows Microsoft’s decision to open two Azure data centre facilities in South Africa, one in Gauteng and the other in Cape Town. Cloud services market leader Amazon Web Services also plans to open a local facility next year, based in Cape Town.
Oracle said it plans to expand its relationship with Microsoft by interconnecting with Azure data centres in more regions, too. — (c) 2019 NewsCentral Media