Oracle is taking its next step in its ambitious regional expansion plan, with five new cloud regions.
The company has added local regions in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam). As of today, all of them are open for business and available in the Oracle Cloud Console. Oracle has already opened 10 cloud regions in the last six months, and with these five new regions, Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud is available in 21 fully independent locations. Oracle plans to have 36 cloud regions available by the end of 2020. The United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, India, and Brazil will also have two regions live by the end of 2020.
Four of these new regions—Osaka, Melbourne, Montreal, and Amsterdam—give Oracle's customers a second site within the same country (or, in the case of Amsterdam in the EU, a second jurisdiction paired with Oracle’s existing Frankfurt region). The fifth region, in Saudi Arabia, will be joined by a second region later this year.
Oracle Cloud has grown over the last several years. The company built out its first two Gen 2 Cloud regions in the US, followed quickly by regions in London and Frankfurt.
Oracle has also enabled a multicloud interconnection between Oracle and Microsoft Azure at an expanding list of sites. The company currently offers preconfigured, high-bandwidth, low-latency links between Oracle and Microsoft cloud regions in the Eastern United States, London, and Toronto, with more expected to go live soon.
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft are the two top players with more than two-thirds of the global market in 2019, according to Forrester Research, but Oracle is trying to win customers by extending its geographical reach.
Oracle’s cloud rivals also continue to add data centers, with Amazon planning five more regions and 16 availability zones.