Oracle launches new cloud region in Saudi Arabia

New cloud data centre regions form part of Oracle's ambitious regional cloud expansion plan

Oracle is the first public cloud vendor with a region in Saudi Arabia.
Oracle is the first public cloud vendor with a region in Saudi Arabia.

Oracle has announced that its cloud region in Saudi Arabia is now open for business and available in the Oracle Cloud Console. In addition to the facility in Jeddah, Oracle has added local regions in Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam).

In the last six months, Oracle opened 10 cloud regions, and with the five new regions, the software company now has its Generation 2 Cloud available in 21 fully independent locations.

“We’re well on our way to having 36 cloud regions available by the end of 2020,” said Andrew Reichman, director of product management at Oracle. “Customers have told us that to run critical systems of record in the cloud, they need to run workloads across fully independent cloud regions for disaster recovery purposes. They also told us that those multiple sites must be in the same country to meet data residency requirements. To that end, four of these new regions—Osaka, Melbourne, Montreal, and Amsterdam—give 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 plans to put a minimum of two regions in almost every country where we operate, and these new regions mark a big step toward this goal. The United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, India, and Brazil will also have two regions live by the end of 2020.

"We’re delighted to be serving the larger Middle East region, where 87% of the top companies by revenue use Oracle, and 54% already use Oracle Cloud. The first region, in Jeddah, will be followed this year by a second region in Saudi Arabia, as well as two regions in UAE. These represent Oracle’s first forays into the Gulf with Generation 2 Cloud regions, a part of the world that’s been underserved by other cloud vendors. Oracle is the first public cloud vendor with a region in Saudi Arabia," he added.

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