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Oracle commits to expanding UK datacentre footprint in 2017

Database software giant’s renewed commitment to the UK market is part of a wider push to ramp up its cloud presence worldwide

Oracle is planning to expand its UK datacentre presence in London in the next six months, as it moves to expand its ability to provide enterprises with locally hosted access to its cloud platform.

The region is one of three the database software maker has committed to bringing online by mid-2017, with the others to be built in North America and Turkey, and will expand on the UK datacentre capacity it already has in Slough.

Each Oracle cloud region comprises at least three datacentres that are located several miles from each other for failover and recovery purposes, according to Oracle.

Once all three are up and running, the number of datacentre regions it operates across the world will have risen to 29, the company said.

These will be used to deliver the firm’s portfolio of public cloud services, known as Oracle Cloud, which reportedly consists of 1,000 software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications and about 50 platform- and infrastructure-as-a-service (PaaS and IaaS) offerings.

The company claims that its cloud platform is used to manage more than 55 billion customer transactions a day.

According to Oracle’s most recent financial results, the firm’s cloud revenue grew by 70% between the second quarter of 2016 and the equivalent period this year, climbing from $649m to $1.1bn in Q2 2017.

The company said it planned to follow up these investments with further regions in Asia-Pacific, North America and the Middle East next year.

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Deepak Patil, vice-president of development at the Oracle Cloud Platform, said the expansion of its global datacentre footprint was part of its commitment to meet the wide-ranging workload requirements of its customers.

“This regional expansion underscores our commitment to making the engineering and capital investments required to continue to be a global large-scale cloud platform leader,” said Patil.

Oracle is far from the first tech giant to commit to expanding its UK datacentre footprint, with many of its public cloud competitors either making similar announcements or having brought facilities of their own online over the past 12 to 18 months.

It also marks a continuation of Oracle’s push to reposition itself as a force to be reckoned with in public cloud, which has seen the firm deride the industry’s biggest player, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and its database offerings.

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