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Oracle expands cloud offerings in Australia

Tech giant Oracle will deliver platform and infrastructure services through its Sydney datacentre

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Oracle is offering a broader range of cloud services from its Sydney datacentre to meet the needs of enterprises that have data sovereignty and low-latency requirements.

The offerings include cloud-based compute, network and storage services, along with Java and database as a service. Until now, Oracle had only offered cloud-based finance and marketing software through its Australian datacentre.

According to Telsyte, a technology research company, the Australian infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market will grow to more than $1bn by 2020, up from $621m in 2016.

This growth is driven by an appetite for enterprise applications such as big data analytics and storage, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and process digitisation.

Responding to Oracle’s latest move to deliver more cloud-services out of Australia, Telsyte senior analyst Rodney Gedda said more chief information officers are prioritising in-country cloud options for security and sovereignty reasons.

However, with only one datacentre in Australia delivering Oracle’s public cloud services, Gedda said local companies that require a highly resilient cloud service will have to take on the task of ensuring business continuity.

While some large cloud providers such as Microsoft operate two in-country datacentres in different Australian states to facilitate failsafe cloud operations, Oracle has not gone down that path.

Oracle regional managing director Rob Willis said companies that require high levels of reliability would need to establish their own Oracle cloud systems on-premise, and connect with the Oracle public cloud hosted at the Sydney datacentre.

In recent years, Oracle has grown its public cloud investments by doubling the number of cloud regions over the past two years, according to Willis.

In January 2017, the company said it would open new regions in the US, UK and Turkey, increasing its global datacentre footprint to 29.

However, the new regions differ from Sydney in that each of them will feature at least three high-bandwidth, low-latency sites known as availability domains (ADs).

The ADs are to be located several miles from each other and will operate in a completely fault-independent manner, according to an Oracle media statement.

Service level for data breach disclosures

Christopher Chelliah, Oracle’s group vice-president and chief architect, said Australian enterprises, which will be legally obliged to disclose serious databreaches in the future, will receive the same service level for breach disclosures as Oracle’s US customers.

In the US, Oracle will inform its customers of data breaches within 72 hours, unless prohibited by law. The company said its lawyers are currently reviewing the new Australian data breach notification legislation, which was passed on 13 February 2017.

Meanwhile, Oracle did not say if NetSuite customers would be offered the opportunity to host their cloud-based applications in Australia. Oracle had completed its $9.3bn acquisition of NetSuite in November 2016.

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