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To support its customers around the world, Oracle announced, at the annual Oracle OpenWorld, that it plans to launch 20 new Oracle Cloud regions by the end of 2020, for a total of 36 Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions. This expansion includes regions in new countries and dual, geographically separated regions in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, U.K., EU, Japan, South Korea, Australia, India, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and new government regions in the U.K. and Israel. In addition, Oracle is announcing updates to its roadmap for its interconnect with Microsoft Azure.

More customers and partners can harness the power of Oracle Cloud to unlock innovation and drive business  growth.  With  these  dual  regions,  customers  can  deploy  both  production  and disaster  recovery  capacity  within  their  country  or  jurisdiction  to  meet  business  continuity  and compliance requirements.  Customers  will  now  have  access  to  all  Oracle  Cloud  Infrastructure services including Oracle Autonomous Database; as well as Oracle Fusion Applications, in these regions.

“Enterprise  customers  worldwide  require  geographically  distributed  regions  for  true  business continuity, disaster protection and regional compliance requirements. Multiple availability domains within a region will not address this issue,” said Don Johnson, EVP, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Unlike other cloud providers, Oracle is committed to offer a second region for disaster recovery in every country where we launch Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services, a strategy that’s aligned with our customers’ needs.”

Oracle Cloud has opened 12 regions in the past year and currently operates 16 regions globally— 11 commercial and five government—the fastest expansion by any major cloud provider.
Some of the available regions will include the Americas consisting of Phoenix, Ashburn, Toronto, Sao Paolo; Europe: Frankfurt, London, Zurich; Asia: Tokyo, Seoul, Mumbai, Sydney;  two US government regions and three US DoD regions.

Oracle expects to open an average of one region every 23 days over the next 15 months for a total  of 20 additional  regions  (17 commercial  and three government). As  planned,  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 data center and customer-facing cloud services in days. 

Oracle  Cloud  is  scheduled  to  build  new  cloud  regions  in  the  U.S.  (Bay  Area,  CA),  Canada (Montreal), Brazil (Belo Horizonte), U.K. (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. Oracle also intends to open two regions for usage by the U.K. Government and one for the Government of Israel.

Oracle is expanding its regions interconnected with Microsoft Azure. Since June 2019, Oracle has announced two commercial regions that are interconnected with Microsoft Azure—Ashburn and London. In the next few quarters, it is globally expanding the interconnect to U.S. West, Asia and Europe.  Similar  to  commercial  regions,  Oracle  Cloud  and  Microsoft  Azure  will  extend  their interoperability  into  government  regions.  This  will  now  enable  joint  Oracle  and  Microsoft government customers to more easily move applications to the cloud, preserving their existing technology investments while taking advantage of next generation cloud native technologies.

“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. 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,”  said  Roy  Illsley,  distinguished  analyst,  infrastructure  solutions,  Ovum. “Oracle’s aggressive global data center 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."

Today, Oracle is the only company delivering a complete and integrated set of cloud services and building intelligence into every layer of the cloud: from cloud infrastructure, to tools for application development  and  integration,  to  cloud  applications  for  finance,  enterprise  resource  planning, customer experience, and analytics. Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Analytics, and platform services for application development and integration will be available in these regions. Oracle Fusion Applications now run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in five data center regions, and will be available in all global regions within a few months after each region’s launch. This will be the most distributed cloud application platform in the market, able to satisfy in-country and in-jurisdiction data sovereignty requirements. Customers requiring integration between Oracle Cloud Applications and on-premise applications will also benefit from the global availability of cloud-based integration services.

Specifically architected to meet the needs of the enterprise, Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud offers customers a  compelling  array  of advanced  Cloud Services. With  Oracle  Cloud  Infrastructure, customers benefit from best-in-class security, consistent high performance, simple predictable pricing, and the tools and expertise needed to bring enterprise workloads to cloud quickly and efficiently.
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