Oracle expands cloud in Japan, Australia

Oracle has added new local regions in Japan (Osaka) and Australia (Melbourne), as well as Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Canada (Montreal) and The Netherlands (Amsterdam) — which are now open for business and available in the Oracle Cloud Console. 

Chris Chelliah, GVP and chief architect of technology and cloud platform at Oracle EMEA & JAPAC, said in a blog post these new regions join the 10 other’s they have already opened over the past seven months.

“With these five new regions, we now have Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud available in 21 fully independent locations,” said Chelliah.  “We’re well on our way to having 36 cloud regions available by the end of 2020.”

Four of these new regions — Osaka, Melbourne, Montreal, and Amsterdam — give Oracle customers a second site within the same country or jurisdiction in the case of Amsterdam in the European Union, paired with Oracle’s existing Frankfurt region. The fifth, in Saudi Arabia, will be joined by a second region later this year.

Oracle plans to put at least two regions in most every country where they operate. The United Kingdom, The United Arab Emirates, South Korea, India, and Brazil will also have two regions live by the end of this year. 

“In Asia, as well as around the world, we’re seeing the impacts of these rapid launches, especially in the countries where our newest regions have been rolled out,” said Chelliah. 

“In Japan, we’ve seen some of the fastest adoption patterns of any new Oracle Cloud region, with all ten of the largest Japanese companies today using Oracle Cloud,” Chelliah added. “The availability of a second region in Osaka will increase the options for customers to deploy critical systems of record in an optimised cloud, without being forced to store their data outside of Japan.”

Melbourne represents the second Oracle Cloud region in Australia where they have seen significant adoption since the first region went live in Sydney last August.

Given the long distances between Australia and its nearest neighbours, Oracle expects that the second region there will solve for compliance and for the latency penalty associated with moving data long distances.