Oracle to open second cloud region in Australia

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

Oracle to open second cloud region in Australia

Oracle has announced plans to open a “dual” cloud region in Australia as part of a global expansion strategy.

The company plans to open 20 new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure regions by the end of next year for a total of 36, including a cloud region in Melbourne to complement its existing presence in Sydney.

The ability to serve Australia with two regions will facilitate in-country disaster recovery capabilities using Oracle’s Gen 2 Cloud Infrastructure, the company said.

“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,” Oracle Cloud Infrastructure EVP Don Johnson commented.

“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 is meanwhile bolstering its partnership with Microsoft Azure to expand the number of regions where the two cloud platforms interconnect. To date, two commercial regions are connected to Azure — one in the US and one in the UK. In the next few quarters this will be expanded to Asia, as well as Europe and the US West Coast.

The companies plan to extend their interoperability into government regions to enable joint Oracle and Microsoft government customers to more easily move applications to the cloud.

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