Oracle adds new cloud regions in the UK, U.S. and Turkey
Wed 18 Jan 2017
Oracle has announced that it will open three new cloud regions in the UK, Turkey and the United States.
According to a statement at Oracle CloudWorld in New York, the expansion will launch from mid-2017 and is expected to double the regional presence of Oracle’s cloud platform from its footprint two years ago – reaching 29 geographic regions globally.
The software giant specified that the regions would open in Reston, Virginia, in the U.S. and in London, UK. It also noted that new regions in APAC, the Middle East and North America would follow in 2018.
Oracle said that each new cloud region would include at least three high-bandwidth, low-latency sites – or ‘availability domains’ (ADs). These centres will be located at several miles from each other and designed to operate in a completely ‘fault-independent’ manner.
In a statement, the company explained that the new sites would provide ‘the highest levels of failure protection and availability to Oracle customers’ most demanding cloud applications. Availability Domains are deeply integrated into the Oracle Cloud Platform, easing use and eliminating complex architectural decision-making around availability.’
Alongside the new regions, Oracle also unveiled enhancements to its Cloud Platform. These include the availability of the Oracle Database Cloud Service on bare metal compute, new virtual machine (VM) compute, load balancing, and storage capabilities.
Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle commented: “These latest investments in the Oracle Cloud Platform provide a clear path to develop, test, and scale applications — with the Oracle Database or third-party databases. We offer customers the most comprehensive approach to moving to the cloud and accelerating their business strategies.”
A late entrant to the cloud market, Oracle is fighting to establish its position among the leading public cloud providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. A series of investments have marked this race – including the acquisition of cloud security startup Palerra in September last year, and internet performance optimisation provider Dyn just two months later.
The company has also recently announced investment in the Israeli cloud market, launching a cloud accelerator programme aimed at supporting startups in the country develop cloud products and services.