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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Growing Fast in Europe

Kyle York
VP of Product Strategy, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and GM, Oracle Dyn Global Business Unit

Oracle OpenWorld Europe: London 2019 starts this week, so it's the perfect time to talk about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure's growth in Europe and some of the innovative companies that depend on us there and around the world.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure launched with two regions in the United States and quickly realized that we had to accelerate our international expansion based on strong demand for enterprise cloud.

One major reason why we’re seeing such global adoption is that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is the enterprise infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform for organizations that want to secure and run mission-critical databases, applications, and workloads in the cloud. They turn to us because we're committed to ensuring the highest levels of security, and our devotion to open standards means that customers can launch hybrid or multicloud strategies that make sense for them. But most importantly, they choose Oracle because we offer enterprise-grade performance and protect their existing investments.

"We have traditionally sourced our cloud compute power from AWS, Rackspace, and OVH, where there is not always compute availability," said Gareth Williams, CEO of YellowDog Ltd., a Bristol, UK-based provider of high performance 3-D cloud rendering solutions. "The power and elasticity of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enables us to deliver complex rendering up to 10x faster and consistently satisfy our most demanding clients."

New Regions Support International Growth

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is regularly launching new data centers to support our explosive international growth. In Europe, we began with three availability domains in the Frankfurt, Germany, region and expanded soon after with the same architecture in London to ensure redundancy and high availability.

Both regions offer bare metal and VM compute instances, plus file, block, object, and archive storage, Oracle Database on VMs or bare metal, Exadata Cloud Services, and a robust portfolio of solutions and platform services. They also offer our recently unveiled Autonomous Data Warehouse and Autonomous Transaction Processing services. We're proud that leading brands in financial services, media, telecommunications, retail, and high tech are seeing benefits in leveraging Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

By the end of this year, Oracle plans to open additional regions in Australia, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea, India, Brazil, the Middle East, and the United States, including in Virginia, Arizona, and Illinois, to support public sector and Department of Defense customers.

European Customers Praise Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

YellowDog's Gareth Williams added that the performance of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has been impressive.

"We benchmarked Oracle Cloud Infrastructure against our production deployment with fantastic results that blew anything we had previously used out of the water," he said. "It was at least twice as fast as any other instance we have running, with one result nearly 10x faster."

YellowDog is just one of the many European organizations currently capitalizing on the benefits of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Other examples include the Allianz Group, a large asset management and insurance firm, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

With over 140,000 employees worldwide, the Allianz Group serves about 88 million customers in more than 70 countries. Allianz is one of the world's largest asset managers. Its insurance business leads the market in Germany and has a strong international presence. 

On Wednesday, the Allianz Group's Peter Woehr will join me for an Oracle OpenWorld session entitled, "Your Cloud Transformation Roadmap on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure." During the session, Woehr, Allianz's program and portfolio manager for business intelligence and big data, and I will discuss the latest Oracle solutions and services that are enabling customers to move, build, and run their most critical applications in the cloud. We'll also discuss real-world use cases—so you don't want to miss this one. Peter and I will also present to the industry analysts in attendance the following day.

Located in Geneva, Switzerland, CERN is the home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's biggest particle accelerator. The organization uses Oracle cloud technologies to support its research into the fundamental structure of the universe and phenomena such as dark matter and dark energy. This is serious stuff running on our cloud, and it’s all happening because the market finally believes there is a cloud they can trust, purpose-built for their most business critical workloads.

"The LHC experiments are today producing enormous quantities of data that we have to collect, analyze, and store for a very long period of time," said Alberto Di Meglio, the head of OpenLab in the IT department at CERN. "Today our main challenge is to make sure that as the experiments keep producing more and more data, that our infrastructure and our technologies can cope with this fast pace. So, we are working with Oracle to make sure that the infrastructures of the future can scale out in a very reliable and a very secure way."

I’m also a fortunate panelist at Oracle’s VIP customer event, Leader’s Circle, with my peers from the Database and Fusion ERP product development teams. If you can't make it to Oracle OpenWorld Europe, no problem—we’ll continue to share content like this to educate and evangelize! We have conferences and meetups happening around the world all year long. Remember: Oracle OpenWorld Middle East: Dubai begins February 11, and Oracle OpenWorld Asia: Singapore starts March 26. We hope to see you soon.

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