Oracle announced plans to expand its cloud region footprint in order to meet increased customer demand for Oracle Cloud services globally. Oracle will open 14 cloud regions with new locations across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Latin America over the next year. Milan (Italy), Stockholm (Sweden), Marseille (France), Spain, Singapore (Singapore), Johannesburg (South Africa), Jerusalem (Israel), Mexico, and Colombia are among the upcoming cloud regions. Additional second regions will be established in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Saudi Arabia, France, Israel, and Chile. Oracle intends to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, extending one of the most rapid expansions of any major cloud provider.
Oracle provides a broad and consistent set of cloud services across 30 commercial and government cloud regions in 14 countries on five continents to serve its growing global customer base. OCI currently operates 23 commercial regions and seven government regions, in addition to multiple dedicated and national security regions.
"Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has seen stellar growth over the past year," said Clay Magouyrk, executive vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. "We've introduced several hundred new cloud services and features and are continuing to see organisations from around the world increasingly turn to OCI to run their most mission-critical workloads in the cloud. With the additional Cloud regions, even more organisations will be able to use our cloud services to support their growth and overall success."
Oracle plans to establish at least two cloud regions in almost every country where it operates to help customers build true business continuity and disaster protection while also addressing their in-country data residence requirements. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, India, and Australia all have two cloud regions.
Oracle's strategy is to meet customers where they are, enabling customers to keep data and services where they need it. Customers can deploy Oracle Cloud completely within their own data centers with Dedicated Region and Exadata Cloud@Customer, deploy cloud services locally with public cloud-based management, or deploy cloud services remotely on the edge with Roving Edge Infrastructure.
High Availability, Disaster Protection, and Dual Region Cloud Strategy
OCI's next-generation architecture provides a high-performing, resilient foundation for cloud services, while its physical and virtual network design maximises performance and security. For example, each Oracle Cloud region contains at least three fault domains: groupings of hardware that form logical data centres for high availability and resilience to hardware and network failures. Some regions (Ashburn, Phoenix, Frankfurt, and London) provide further resilience to entire data centres through multiple availability domains (ADs), which each contain three fault domains.
Oracle's unique dual-region cloud strategy enables customers to deploy resilient applications in multiple geographically separated locations while maintaining business continuity and compliance requirements. OCI offers a free inter-region latency dashboard that provides insights into real-time and historical latency for Oracle Cloud regions around the world to help customers plan data centre deployments to meet application requirements and optimise their cloud infrastructure.
Oracle is committed to sustainability and has pledged to power all Oracle Cloud regions worldwide with 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025. Several Oracle Cloud regions, including regions in North America, South America, and Europe are already powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, and all Oracle Cloud regions use state-of-the-art energy management and cooling technologies to minimise their impact on the environment. As part of its renewable energy clean Cloud initiative, Oracle reused or recycled 99.6 per cent of its retired hardware in FY21 while strictly adhering to Oracle's data privacy and security practices.
Cloud Regions Deliver All Cloud Services and Multicloud
Oracle Cloud regions support every Oracle service and feature and are available to customers anywhere in the world. This includes Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, Oracle Cloud VMware solution, and Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications.
OCI's extensive network of more than 70 FastConnect global and regional partners offer customers dedicated connectivity to Oracle Cloud regions and OCI services – providing customers with the best options anywhere in the world. FastConnect provides an easy, elastic, and economical way to create a dedicated and private network connection with higher bandwidth, lower latency, and more consistent performance versus public Internet-based connections.
Furthermore, OCI and Microsoft Azure have formed a strategic partnership that allows joint customers to run workloads across the two clouds. This collaboration offers a federated identity for joint customers with low-latency cross-cloud interconnect between OCI and Azure in eight regions (Ashburn, Toronto, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, San Jose, Vinhedo, and Frankfurt) to deploy applications across both clouds, and a collaborative support model. Customers can run full stack applications in a multi-cloud environment while maintaining high-performance connectivity without re-architecting. They can also migrate existing applications or create cloud-native applications that combine OCI and Azure services.
Oracle Global Cloud Regions
Currently available Oracle Cloud regions:
Asia Pacific: Tokyo (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Chuncheon (South Korea), Mumbai (India), Hyderabad (India), Sydney (Australia), Melbourne (Australia)
Americas: San Jose (United States), Phoenix (United States), Ashburn (United States), Toronto (Canada), Montreal (Canada), São Paolo (Brazil), Vinhedo (Brazil), Santiago (Chile)
Europe: Frankfurt (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Newport, Wales (United Kingdom), Zürich (Switzerland), Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Middle East: Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Dubai (U.A.E)
Government: Two general U.S. Government regions, and U.S. National Security regions, three U.S. Department of Defense specific Government regions, two in the United Kingdom (London and Newport, Wales)