On January 19, Oracle announced the opening of its first cloud region in Africa. This move effectively meets the rapidly expanding demand for enterprise cloud services on the continent. This new cloud region will boost cloud adoption across Africa while also assisting businesses to attain optimum performance and fostering continuous innovation. With Johannesburg, Oracle has opened its 37th cloud region around the world. They move forward with the aspiration of having at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022 while continuing one of the highest growth rates of any primary cloud provider.
"In recent months, cloud technologies have played a vital role in helping African public and private sector organisations 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."
Executive vice president, EMEA, Oracle, Richard Smith
The Johannesburg cloud region, built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), enables customers to seamlessly migrate IT workloads and data platforms to the cloud to develop new cloud-native applications. Oracle also provides a comprehensive range of application modernization and cloud strategies to help African organizations compete on a global scale.
The next-generation architecture of OCI provides a high-performing, resilient foundation for cloud services, while its physical and virtual network design optimizes performance and security. In addition, Oracle is committed to sustainability, and by 2025, Oracle has pledged that all Oracle cloud regions worldwide 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.
As a part of Oracle's expansion plans, it'll open seven additional cloud regions in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, France, Israel, and Saudi Arabia over the next year to accommodate increasing client demand.