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Oracle opens second cloud region in Brazil, delivering lower latency, disaster recovery, and more multicloud support

Sasha Banks-Louie
Brand Journalist

With the launch of its second cloud region in Brazil, its 30th cloud region worldwide, Oracle now offers local businesses benefits, such as ultra-low latency, in-country disaster recovery to maintain data sovereignty, and more capabilities that make it easy to mix and match workloads between different cloud providers.

Operating in Sao Paulo and now Vinhedo in Brazil and in Santiago, Chile, “we’re among the first cloud provider to offer three hyperscale cloud regions in Latin America,” says Oracle CIO, Jae Evans. The new cloud region delivers the breadth of Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Cloud applications, Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, all of which run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Customers moving workloads to the Oracle Cloud region in Vinhedo include Telecom Italia Mobile Brasil, SKY Brasil, Rumo, Embracon, and Sky.One.

“Brazilian companies can create more continuity between their different cloud architectures, address in-country data sovereignty requirements, and get ultra-low latency,” Evans says. Oracle connects the Sao Paulo and Vinhedo regions together using its network backbone and offers a new Oracle interregion latency dashboard, which lets companies continuously track the latency of their distributed applications and then optimize those workloads across different cloud regions and availability domains

Send in the clouds

Using multiple cloud vendors to run applications and other workloads is increasingly becoming standard business practice among companies worldwide. For large enterprises looking to avoid vendor lock-in and loss of control or startups angling for a faster way to scale, the new Oracle Cloud region in Vinhedo, like all Oracle Cloud regions, provides tools that make multicloud simpler, including infrastructure streaming and infrastructure-as-code services for tools, such as Docker, Kafka, and Terraform, which streamline application deployment processes.

The region in Vinhedo is also the only Oracle Cloud region in Brazil to offer the Oracle Microsoft Azure interconnect service, making it easier and faster to develop, move, and run workloads across OCI and Microsoft Azure. Using a single sign-on to manage resources across OCI and Azure, companies can unify identity and access management policies, reuse jointly tested and validated deployment architectures, and tap their existing Oracle and Microsoft customer support relationships from either environment.

Telecom Italia Mobile Brasil (TIM Brasil) is taking advantage of this interconnect service out of the Oracle Cloud region in Vinhedo. The telecom company uses the Oracle-Microsoft Azure interconnect to run its Oracle Customer Relationship Management and third-party billing applications, integration, Oracle Exadata Cloud service, Oracle Database Cloud service, and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution on OCI, while running SAP HANA and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure workloads on Azure. Using a 40-Gbps connection and federated identity between the two clouds, TIM Brasil is migrating a combined 7,000 servers, 35,000 cores, 1,200 databases, and 15 petabytes of storage, with an estimated data latency of 2 milliseconds.

Through this partnership with Oracle and Microsoft, TIM Brasil expects to improve customer service processes, internal operations, billing, collection, and management of digital platforms.

“Our proposal is to take the customer experience to a new level, with more efficiency and agility, always with the highest levels of security,” says Pietro Labriola, TIM Brasil CEO. Labriola also says that TIM Brasil’s investments in areas such as analytics and digital are “fundamental for the expansion of the company's business.”

Faster connections, lower latency

Another service available in the Vinhedo cloud region is OCI FastConnect. For Brazilian businesses that are running high-performance workloads, OCI FastConnect lets them connect directly to OCI’s high-speed network, without having to fret over an unpredictable internet connection. Along with compute, storage, and network services, FastConnect gives companies their own private network connection, higher-bandwidth options, and much more reliable and consistent networking experiences than going through the public internet.

Lumen Technologies and Ascenty are among the companies in Brazil that provide the OCI FastConnect service. Through the service’s 5,000 kilometers of fiber networks, “we’re not only able to help OCI customers in Vinhedo get connection speeds ranging 100 Mbps–100 Gbps,” says Marcos Siqueira, Ascenty vice president of operations, “We can create these connections regardless of whether those customers are connecting to OCI from physical servers in their own on-premises data centers or connecting directly from other cloud platforms.”  

Ascenty’s services can also provide OCI customers with low-latency connections between multiple regions and point-of-presence (POP) locations. “If we’re connecting through an Equinix POP in Sao Paulo, we can help customers run their workloads from the Oracle Cloud region in Vinhedo with latency of just 1.2 milliseconds,” says Ascenty manager, João Walter Bio Razori da Silva. “If we’re connecting customers through our own fiber network between Oracle’s cloud regions in Sao Paulo and Vinhedo, we can offer a 1-millisecond latency.”

Architected to run mission-critical workloads at scale

While many companies offer cloud services in Brazil, Oracle brings its own set of strengths. “OCI has been specifically architected to run enterprise-grade, mission-critical workloads at scale,” says Marcelo Christianini, senior director of cloud engineering at Oracle.

Oracle has designed its cloud infrastructure to automatically configure itself based on incoming network traffic, provide ultra-high performance block storage volumes with a higher granularity of control, offer subcore virtual machines (VMs) that can briefly burst to a full core at no extra cost and resize CPUs during a burst without having to reboot.

“Our vision is to help our customers autotune their computing resources based on real-time metrics, so that what they provision aligns precisely to what they consume, and what they consume is all that they pay for,” Christianini says.

Oracle Cloud region global expansion

Oracle opened 12 cloud regions in 2020 and now operates 30 regions globally: 23 commercial and seven government cloud regions, including multiple dedicated regions for United States intelligence services. Oracle plans to operate 38 cloud regions in total by the end of 2021.

Oracle expects to establish at least two regions in almost every country where it operates a cloud region. Countries that already have two Oracle Cloud regions include US, Canada, EU, UK, South Korea, Japan, Brazil, India, and Australia. Oracle plans to add second regions in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Sweden, and France, as well as new regions in Singapore, South Africa, and Israel.

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