Vying to compete with cloud big dogs, Oracle expands data center reach
Oracle plans to launch three new cloud services regions — in Reston, Virginia; London, UK; and Turkey — in the next six months, according to a company announcement.
Post-expansion Oracle will have 29 regions available globally, with additional regions expected to launch through mid-2018.
"This regional expansion underscores our commitment to making the engineering and capital investments required to continue to be a global large scale cloud platform leader," said Deepak Patil, vice president of development at Oracle Cloud Platform.
The expansion means Oracle will have doubled the regional presence of its cloud platform over the last two years, as it seeks to better compete in the highly lucrative cloud arena currently led by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google and IBM.
Oracle wants to compete with the other cloud leaders, but it is a bit late to the game. However if it draws on its customer base, which is often loyal to Oracle products, it could help many companies move to the cloud.
The data center expansions will allow Oracle to better meet anticipated customer demand. The European-based centers will also help the company adhere to strict new EU data privacy requirements. After the Safe Harbor Agreement was struck down by the EU's top court last year, both AWS and Microsoft have greatly expanded their data center capacity in Europe as well.