Oracle Announces Availability of First Cloud Region in Africa

Oracle has announced the launch of its first cloud region in Africa, in response to the continent’s fast expanding demand for enterprise cloud services. The Oracle Cloud is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Oracle’s Johannesburg Region is intended to accelerate cloud adoption in Africa while also assisting businesses in improving their performance and fostering continuous innovation.

The opening of the cloud region on the African continent marks Oracle’s 37th cloud region worldwide with plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022.

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) platform underpins the Johannesburg region, allowing clients to seamlessly transfer IT workloads and data platforms to the cloud or develop new cloud native applications. Oracle also provides a comprehensive range of application modernization and cloud methods to help African businesses compete on a global scale.

“The fourth industrial revolution, which is powered by cloud-led technologies, has significantly accelerated in South Africa and the wider African continent,” said Richard Smith, executive vice president, EMEA, Oracle. “In recent months, cloud technologies have played a vital role in helping African public and private sector organizations ensure business continuity, deliver essential services, and meet evolving customer expectations. The Oracle Johannesburg region offers a next-generation cloud to run any application faster and more securely for less, helping businesses build resilience, agility and achieve improved ROI.”

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Oracle Cloud’s Expanding Global Footprint

“Public cloud services adoption is accelerating at CAGR of 25 percent year on year between 2020 and 2025 in Sub-Saharan Africa and IDC projects that the growth momentum will continue. The role of cloud in enabling innovation is underscored by the priority organizations have given to it as part of their digital transformation initiatives,” said Mark Walker, associate vice president, Sub-Saharan Africa, IDC. “Cloud-based technologies have helped organizations weather the COVID-19 crisis and cloud is now helping them build resilient organizations that can withstand uncertainties. Our survey of CIOs in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria highlights that an in-country data center is an important factor for 60 percent of organizations that are planning to adopt cloud over the next 12-18 months. The Johannesburg region will boost regional cloud infrastructure availability. IDC believes that cloud has become an inseparable element of an organization’s digital transformation and innovation roadmap.”

Oracle will establish seven new cloud regions in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, France, Israel, and Saudi Arabia over the next year as part of its planned expansion of its cloud region footprint to accommodate increasing client demand for Oracle Cloud services worldwide. By the end of 2022, Oracle expects to have at least 44 cloud regions.

Oracle’s approach is to meet consumers where they are, allowing them to retain their data and services close at hand. Customers can use Dedicated Region and Exadata [email protected] to install Oracle Cloud entirely within their own data centers, use public cloud-based management to deliver cloud services locally, or use Roving Edge Infrastructure to deploy cloud services remotely on the edge.

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“The fourth industrial revolution, which is powered by cloud-led technologies, has significantly accelerated in South Africa and the wider African continent,” said Richard Smith, executive vice president, EMEA, Oracle.

The next-generation architecture of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure would provide a high-performing, robust basis for cloud services, and its physical and virtual network design optimizes performance and security. Each Oracle Cloud region, for example, has at least three fault domains, which are logical data centers made up of hardware that provide high availability and resilience to hardware and network failures.

Oracle is dedicated to sustainability, and by 2025, all Oracle Cloud regions will be powered entirely by renewable energy. Several Oracle Cloud locations in North America, South America, and Europe are already powered entirely by renewable energy, and all Oracle Cloud regions employ “cutting-edge” energy management and cooling technology to reduce environmental impact. In FY21, Oracle reused or recycled 99.6% of its retired hardware as part of its clean cloud initiative, while strictly adhering to Oracle’s data privacy and security practices.

Customers may access Oracle Cloud regions from anywhere in the world, and they support every Oracle service and functionality. Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, Oracle Cloud VMware solution, and Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite are among the products included.

Users may connect to Oracle Cloud regions and OCI services through OCI’s broad network of more than 70 FastConnect global and regional partners, giving them the finest alternatives available everywhere in the globe. FastConnect is a “simple, scalable, and cost-effective” approach to build a dedicated and private network connection with faster bandwidth, reduced latency, and more consistent performance than public Internet connections. Colt, Telia, Equinix, and Megaport are among the Oracle Cloud Johannesburg Region’s launch partners.

Furthermore, OCI and Microsoft Azure have formed a strategic collaboration that allows joint clients to execute workloads on both clouds. This partnership offers a low-latency cross-cloud interconnect between OCI and Azure in ten regions (San Jose, Phoenix, Ashburn, Toronto, Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Tokyo, South Korea, and Vinhedo), as well as federated identity for joint customers to deploy applications across both clouds and a collaborative support model. Customers may run full stack apps across several clouds while preserving high-performance connection without having to re-architect their applications. They may also utilize a mix of OCI and Azure services to migrate existing apps or construct cloud native applications.