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As there is growing demand for digitisation and cloud services,bOracle will make a major push to expand its global network of data centers that run cloud services and plans to open 14 new facilities outside of the US by the end of 2022.

According to the sources familiar with the development, 14 new establishments, which the software giant dubs “cloud regions,” will increase the total number of cloud data centers by nearly 50%.

Commenting on the development, Oracle CIO Jae Evans said the expansion plan will be carried out in two phases, with the cities of Milan, Stockholm, Marseille, Johannesburg, and Jerusalem, as well as Spain, Singapore, Mexico, and Colombia seeing new cloud regions first.

“The second phase will see additional regions in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Saudi Arabia, France, Israel, and Chile. One of the things that we see as a big differentiator for us is from a business continuity and disaster protection perspective. We’re delivering these regions so customers can keep their data and the data sovereignty perspective in place,” said Jae Evans.

The cloud expansion was part of the company’s plan to achieve triple-digit growth. Evans further said that, there were at least three fault domains inside each region to ensure disaster recovery and business continuity for enterprises.

Oracle describes fault domains as groupings of hardware and infrastructure that allow for the distribution of an organisation’s cloud instances (or, virtual servers) so they are not on the same physical hardware within a single availability domain.

Cloud regions from hyperscale public cloud providers vary in performance, price and services being offered. However, Evans said that Oracle plans to deliver all its cloud services including Autonomous Database, Container Engine for Kubernetes, Oracle Cloud VMware, and Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications to all its 44 regions.

“Oracle has been behind and is now catching up. It follows its client locations and strongholds so it can help them move their local databases to a local cloud,” said Constellation Research vice president Holger Mueller.

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