Oracle will open a new data center in Japan this year, the company's executive chairman and CTO Larry Ellison said while speaking at Oracle CloudWorld Tokyo earlier this month. It will be the 22nd Oracle data center worldwide.
The data center will serve Oracle’s cloud-based applications, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-service to the Japanese market.
As cloud meets enterprise IT, the need for local data centers serving these enterprises is growing. Enterprises like the idea of the hosted model, but often can’t deal with the uncertainty of generic cloud regions outside of a country’s borders or not knowing where data resides.
Oracle is going after data sovereignty needs with its cloud, listing in-region hosting as a feature. The need for local Oracle data centers means the company has aggressively expanded its global footprint, with recent announcements about data centers in Germany and China.
At CloudWorld, Ellison described a fundamental shift occurring over the last decade in the large business-computing market. He said Oracle applications have been rewritten for cloud; they’re not just the same old applications in a hosted model. Applications are modernized to realize true cost and operational benefits. Oracle's evolution is working based on its financial results.
“It's gone from an idea to a multibillion-dollar business in the blink of an eye, and growing very rapidly," said Ellison at the recent event.
At last year’s CloudWorld, the company rolled out close to 200 new Software-as-a-Service applications. Cloud is now big business for Oracle. More than 60 million users are on Oracle cloud.