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Oracle launches new cloud region in Saudi Arabia

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As part of its ambitious regional cloud expansion plan, Oracle has announced that its cloud region in Saudi Arabia is now open for business and available in the Oracle Cloud Console. In addition to the facility in Jeddah, Oracle has added local regions in Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam).

Oracle has already opened 10 cloud regions in the last six months, and with these five new regions, the software behemoth now has its Generation 2 Cloud available in 21 fully independent locations.

“We’re well on our way to having 36 cloud regions available by the end of 2020,” said Andrew Reichman, director of product management at Oracle. “Customers have told us that to run critical systems of record in the cloud, they need to run workloads across fully independent cloud regions for disaster recovery purposes. They also told us that those multiple sites must be in the same country to meet data residency requirements. To that end, four of these new regions—Osaka, Melbourne, Montreal, and Amsterdam—give customers a second site within the same country (or, in the case of Amsterdam in the EU, a second jurisdiction paired with Oracle’s existing Frankfurt region). The fifth region, in Saudi Arabia, will be joined by a second region later this year.”

Oracle plans to put a minimum of two regions in almost every country where it operates, and these new regions mark a big step toward this goal. The United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, South Korea, India, and Brazil will also have two regions live by the end of 2020.

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