Oracle recently announced a plan to build 12 new data center regions throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In addition, Oracle said it would expand its autonomous capabilities to its entire catalog of cloud services.
This announcement, which was made at an Oracle CloudWork event in New York, outlines a new initiative to greatly expand its cloud infrastructure and offer its cloud services to more regions across the world. It’s a move that Oracle hopes will put it in a better position to compete with cloud leaders such as Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, and Google.
New Data Centers
The addition of 12 new cloud-based data centers quadruples what is currently three data centers being operated by Oracle.
Locations for the new data centers include China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States.
Both Canada and the United States will receive two new data centers, with the United States locations supporting the U.S. Department of Defense.
One of Oracle’s main products is its Oracle Autonomous Database, which promises customers a 99.995% uptime. It’s autonomous processes handling maintenance tasks such as upgrades and applying patches, as well as self-tuning which Oracle states improve performance and reduces the occurrence of downtime.
“We are extending the automation across all of our cloud platform services, making them self driving, self securing and self repairing and eliminating human requirements to handle all of the [installation], protection and services,” Amit Zavery, executive vice president for the Oracle Cloud Platform told TechCrunch.
By applying its autonomous technologies to its cloud services, Oracle said it would reduce the time developers spend maintaining their cloud. It’s also a move that Oracle’s Thomas Kurian said would make it the first in the industry to guarantee performance, manageability, and availability.
“The future of IT is autonomous. With our expanded, modern data centers, Oracle is uniquely suited to deliver the most autonomous technologies in the world,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “As we invest, our margins will continue to expand. And with our global data center expansion, we are able to help customers lower IT costs, mitigate risks and compete like they never have before.”
What Does This Mean for Oracle?
Oracle’s market position as a cloud provider is improving, but it still has a long way to go to catch up to the heavy hitters in the public cloud market. A recent analysis by Synergy Research Group placed Oracle’s position slightly behind Alibaba and Salesforce in a category that includes IaaS, Paas, and hosted private cloud providers.
By greatly expanding on its offerings and regional availability, Oracle hopes to not only compete more directly with the biggest players in the game but to offer a solution that sits apart from them through its automation.