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December 16, 2020

Oracle launches hyperscale cloud region in Chile

By: Sasha Banks-Louie

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Rolling out its second cloud region in Latin America and its 29th worldwide, Oracle is now offering a complete portfolio of in-country cloud infrastructure services in Chile.

Located 18 miles (33 kilometers) from downtown Santiago, Oracle’s new availability domain provides Chilean companies with in-country data sovereignty, minimal data latency, and disaster recovery services on a massive scale. As one of the first hyperscale clouds to launch in Chile, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) gives local businesses access to a high-bandwidth, fault-tolerant, and high-performance network for running all types of workloads, from general tasks to complex computational fluid dynamics to machine learning analytics. Because OCI offers prepackaged cloud applications and tools for rapid provisioning, migration, and integration, developers can lift and shift any existing workload to the cloud, without the expense and business disruption of rearchitecting their legacy applications or build new, cloud native apps from scratch.

Because most of Latin America’s other hyperscale data centers are located in Brazil (including Oracle’s in São Paulo), businesses in Chile and other countries west of the Andes mountain range have had limited high-performance cloud options.

“If you’re in Chile, it’s difficult to get a low-latency link to cloud computing resources, because the Andes bifurcate the South American continent, limiting access to Brazil and forcing companies to hop through multiple point-of-presence locations from Guatemala, Panama, and the Caribbean, before finally connecting to a network backbone in the US,” says Ben Greenberg, principal program manager at OCI. “But Oracle’s cloud region in Santiago puts compute resources right where Chilean business can instantly access them.”

More services, more choices

The new cloud region in Chile is part of Oracle’s plan to establish 38 cloud regions by the end of 2021. Chilean businesses that move their workloads onto OCI in Santiago can get access to all Oracle Cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, Oracle Cloud VMware Solution, and Oracle Fusion Cloud applications.

For Chilean businesses running high-performance workloads, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect lets them connect directly to OCI’s high-speed network, without having to fret over an unpredictable internet connection. Along with standard compute, storage, and network options, “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,” Greenberg says. Chile’s neighbors in Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia can also use FastConnect to deploy Oracle’s cloud services in Chile for running applications, storing data, or providing disaster recovery.

Operating hybrid cloud environments just got easier, too. Chilean companies can now choose to move general-purpose workloads to Oracle’s public cloud, while keeping more sensitive workloads on-premises using Oracle Cloud@Customer. With this service, companies can access all of Oracle’s public cloud services, including Oracle Autonomous Database, running in their own data centers, for the same pay-per-use pricing structure offered in Oracle’s public cloud regions.

“It’s not a matter of if or when, but how companies should move to the cloud,” says Marcos Pupo, senior vice president, Cloud Latin America at Oracle. “With the launch of Oracle’s new cloud region in Santiago, Chilean companies now have the infrastructure, applications, and services immediately accessible to choose the best way to run all of their workloads.”

It’s all about the architecture

As with all Oracle Cloud region customers, Chilean companies running workloads in Oracle’s Santiago cloud region can now connect directly to Oracle’s 10-GB backbone network, providing up to 100 GB of bandwidth for compute resources and reducing data latency to less than 10 milliseconds sometimes, down from more than 120 milliseconds when hopping through myriad points-of-presence.

“Companies that routinely capture sensor data or analyze AI models need to be able to make real-time decisions from those workloads,” Pupo says. “That’s difficult to do when you’ve got 100 milliseconds of data latency.”

Also available in the Santiago cloud region is the newly launched Oracle Cloud Flexible Load Balancing service, which enables companies to increase or decrease the amount of bandwidth they need to support network traffic changes, up to 8,000 Mbps. You can configure Oracle’s flexible load balancer to automatically scale up resources during daily or seasonal traffic spikes and throttle down as demand slows. Letting companies match their resources and costs with actual usage prevents them from over-provisioning resources and paying peak demand prices during slower business cycles.

Global cloud expansion

Oracle opened 12 cloud regions in 2020 and currently operates 29 regions globally—22 commercial and seven government and multiple dedicated regions for US intelligence services. To help customers build true business continuity and disaster protection while meeting in-country data residence requirements, Oracle plans to establish at least two regions in every country where it operates a cloud region. The United States, Canada, EU, UK, South Korea, Japan, India, and Australia already have two cloud regions. Upcoming expansions include second regions for Brazil, UAE, and Saudi Arabia, more EU regions in Italy, Sweden, and France, and new regions in Singapore, South Africa, and Israel.

A regenerative hay farmer and writer, Sasha Banks-Louie is a brand journalist at Oracle, covering Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

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