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  • September 16, 2019

Oracle Accelerates the Rapid Global Expansion of Cloud Regions

Andrew Reichman
Director of Product Management

At Oracle OpenWorld 2018, we announced an ambitious plan to take our Generation 2 Cloud platform global within a single year. We’ve delivered on this promise and have launched 12 new cloud regions this year. We still have three more to go as part of that initial expansion initiative, and we're on track to get all of it done on time and without any major issues.

We’ve learned a great deal in the process of building a global cloud platform specifically for enterprise usage. Two of the major lessons that are fueling our ongoing growth are refining the enterprise requirements for an effective global network of cloud regions, and building a process for rapid automated deployment.

Refining Enterprise Requirements

We've learned about enterprise requirements by talking to numerous customers and partners, building solutions with their top leaders, and figuring out from experience what works and what doesn’t. Based on that feedback, we’ve decided to build redundant regions in almost every country we operate in. We plan to do that over the next 15 months, and to add multiple new countries. When we complete this new plan for cloud region expansion, we'll have multiple regions in 10 countries and the EU, and multiple Government clusters. We’ll add 20 new regions to the 16 we already operate, 17 for commercial use and 3 for Government use. By the end of this effort, we’ll operate 36 cloud regions around the world.

Our plan includes building new regions in the following locations:

  • The Bay Area, California
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Belo Horizonte, Brazil
  • Newport, Wales, UK
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Hyderabad, India
  • Chuncheon, South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Jeddah, and another city (TBD) in Saudi Arabia
  • Dubai, and another city (TBD) in UAE
  • Israel (city TBD)
  • South Africa (city TBD)
  • Chile (city TBD)
  • Two government regions in the UK, one in London and one in Newport, Wales
  • One government region in Israel

This plan represents a tremendous effort to apply what we’ve learned in our initial cloud expansion efforts and use these lessons to increase the pace of region builds to quickly reach a broad global footprint. Which brings us to the other key lesson, how we can expand so quickly and effectively.

Rapid Automated Deployment

In our first few regions, our goal was to prove out the platform. We built regions in the east and west of the US, in London, and in Frankfurt, and used those regions to perfect running our platform at scale with our initial user community. In the second phase, we focused our effort on learning how to create a tightly controlled, highly automated, region-expansion machine. We used the 12 regions we launched this year as a way to perfect the process, from site selection, to hardware procurement and staging, to software loading and service deployment. We mapped the dependencies, squeezed the timeline, and automated every aspect we could to produce cloud regions consistently and rapidly. This process will permit us to ship regions at an average pace of one every 23 days over the next 15 months, without sacrificing quality.

Running SaaS

One more thing that’s happening with regions might be the most exciting one of all. Not only are we enabling all of the core infrastructure and higher-level Oracle Cloud services that we’ve built and deployed elsewhere, but we’re also running much of the Oracle SaaS business on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Many of our regions are already running Oracle SaaS like Fusion and NetSuite, and most of the new regions will run SaaS at launch or soon after. Running our own demanding workloads drives greater scale of operations, improving our efficiency and driving us to innovate around mission-critical systems. It also makes our customers’ lives easier because they can use our infrastructure and services to manage and analyze data created in SaaS with low latency, secure interconnection, and seamless control over their data.

For more details about our region deployment plans, take a look at this video with Oracle Cloud leadership talking about our strategy.

Our plan is designed to be responsive to the needs of our customers, and our rapid deployment allows us to make changes to the program nimbly. Our regions page will be updated continuously to show the latest information on planned and live regions, so we encourage you to check back often to see the latest. We’re looking forward to another big year at Oracle Cloud, and we appreciate our customers tremendously for the trust they put in us by running their applications in our cloud regions around the world.

 

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Many factors could affect Oracle’s current expectations and actual results, and could cause actual results to differ materially. A discussion of such factors and other risks that affect Oracle’s business is contained in Oracle’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including Oracle’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q under the heading “Risk Factors.” These filings are available on the SEC’s website or on Oracle’s website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. All information in this article is current as of September 16, 2019, and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

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