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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Launches Tokyo Region

Andrew Reichman
Director of Product Management

Oracle helps businesses solve their most challenging business technology problems. Japan is one of the counties in which we’ve built trust over years of adoption by the biggest domestic organizations. To further support customers there, we’re excited to announce the launch of an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure data center region in Tokyo, which is now ready for customer use.

The 50 biggest companies (by revenue) in Japan use Oracle software in their own data centers. Thirty-two of them also use Oracle Cloud in some way, including cloud applications and services. The availability of a region in Japan—based on Oracle’s proven, second-generation public cloud technology— addresses the needs for high performance, security, resiliency, and local data residency that Japanese organizations require to increase cloud adoption with confidence. And because many of our Japan-based customers operate globally, our Tokyo region will be a starting point for easier global expansion and data proliferation. Customers in our Tokyo region can now safely and quickly put their data wherever their users are in the world by using our high-speed, secure data backbone that connects the region to the rest of our global cloud infrastructure.

Cloud investment in Japan is growing dramatically. According to IDC Japan Ltd., the market for public cloud services reached 668.8 billion yen in 2018, up 27.2 percent from the previous year, and the market size is projected to grow to 1,694 billion yen by 2023*. Oracle can now serve this high demand for cloud with a local region of a cloud platform that’s optimized for Oracle’s leading database and enterprise applications, and for the third-party and custom workloads that enterprises use to power their business.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides powerful data solutions that aren't available on any other cloud platform, and we're excited to make these solutions available locally in Japan. Some of our most important solutions are Exadata Cloud Service, Autonomous Database services, and high-performance computing (HPC) options, including our state-of-the-art GPU and HPC compute shapes.

  • Exadata is a hardware platform that's optimized to run Oracle Database at the highest levels of performance, scale, and reliability. Hundreds of companies in Japan use this top-tier solution to run their most important applications. As they transition key parts of their IT infrastructure to cloud, taking a step backwards is not an option. Oracle is the only cloud service that offers the capabilities of Exadata as a flexible, on-demand cloud service, which gives these customers a path to cloud that doesn't diminish the capabilities that they rely on to meet their business needs.
  • Autonomous Transaction Processing and Autonomous Data Warehouse represent the next evolution of Oracle Database technology, and are available only as cloud services. They are fully automated database services that dramatically reduce administration time and the potential for errors and misconfiguration. They do this by using advanced artificial intelligence to streamline operation and eliminate manual tasks for configuration and optimization. The availability of Autonomous services in the Japan region will greatly help local enterprises that want better results in the way they manage and derive value from data.
  • Oracle Cloud's accelerated computing offerings—including GPU shapes and HPC shapes with an RMDA interconnect fabric for clustered computing—will also be available the Tokyo region. Oracle is the only major cloud vendor to offer GPU and RDMA on bare metal servers, and we have the most advanced offerings at the lowest prices for solving big compute and big data problems. We're excited to bring these offerings to Japan, where the demand for high-performance computing, especially for advanced manufacturing simulation, is significant.  

One of the key advantages that Oracle Cloud brings to Japan is the total cost of solutions. Oracle is unique in offering the same pricing globally. We don't have an up-charge for use outside of the US, which increases our already significant pricing advantage when we bring these services to Japan. Whereas Oracle standard VMs are 49 percent less expensive than Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure VMs in the US, those same instances are 58 percent less expensive in Japan. Our GPU instances in Japan cost 46 percent less than AWS and 61 percent less than Azure, compared to 26 percent less for both in the US. These benefits can be seen across our portfolio and represent our commitment to help Oracle Cloud customers support consistent global use. 

Our customers in Japan are excited to have access to a local region to run their most important enterprise workloads. In their own words:

At All Nippon Airways (ANA), we have fully embraced digital transformation and the use of cloud. As such, we have high expectations for the new Oracle Cloud Tokyo Data Center. With Oracle’s enhanced support for innovation as one of the leading data centers choice of the market and as our strategic partner, we believe that will help us to accelerate our service platform strategy.

Norihisa Fujimoto, Director of Service Platform, Digital Transformation Division, All Nippon Airways

Avex, Inc. welcomes the Oracle Tokyo Data Center. It will enable us to use Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse and other next-generation cloud services that is Oracle’s gift of effort in the domestic region. For Avex, with a large volume of digital content, the use of Oracle Cloud will be expanded in the future. We look forward to working with Oracle Japan as our strategic partner to further support our objectives with the opening of this Tokyo based cloud data center region. 

Hirokatsu Takayama, General Manager, IT system group, Business Administration Division, AVEX, Inc.

Mazda Motor Corporation welcomes the launch of Oracle Tokyo cloud data center region. By establishing a cutting-edge region in Japan, we expect Oracle to provide more complete cloud services in Japan. With this new Oracle Japan region, we look forward to further accelerating our cloud strategy.

Toshiyuki Okahara, General Manager, System Management Division, MDI & IT Division, Mazda Motor Corporation

At or shortly after the launch, we will offer the following products in the Tokyo region:

Oracle is committed to a transformational cloud strategy that meets the needs of enterprise users. Our cloud offers massive, nonvariable performance across all types of enterprise workloads, including Oracle, third-party, and custom apps; low, predictable costs with flexible discounts across all usage; and the ability to migrate all types of workloads to cloud with minimal risk and disruption. We’re excited to begin a new chapter of enterprise technology innovation and transformation in Japan with the availability of this cloud region. Customers can also expect a second Japan region, in Osaka, later this year, which will further enable effective workload deployment among the most demanding enterprises and public-sector organizations in the country.

* Source: IDC Japan Press Release, March 27, 2019, Announcing Japan Public Cloud Service Market Forecast, https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prJPJ44928319

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