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Oracle on track to beat AWS in number of data centres by end of the year

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With the opening of its first data centre in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Monday, Oracle now has 21 Generation 2 Cloud regions across the world.

A cloud region has two data centres.

The US tech company has added one data centres in each of the cloud regions - Saudi Arabia (Jeddah), Australia (Melbourne), Japan (Osaka), Canada (Montreal), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam).

It has already opened 10 cloud regions in the last six months, taking its tally to 21 and on track to have 36 cloud regions by the end of the year when compared to 25 for Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior Vice-President of Technology, Middle East and Africa at Oracle, said that the Jeddah facility will be the first data centre on Generation 2 cloud in Eastern Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (ECEMEA).

Oracle opened its first data centre in the region in Abu Dhabi last year and plans to open one more in Dubai, UAE, and in South Africa within a year.

Al Thehaiban said that Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest-growing cloud adoption markets in the region and the opening of the data centre will add pace to the adoption rate.

Moreover, he said that the second data centre in Saudi Arabia is expected to come within a year as part of their “in-country” dual region strategy to help customers address disaster recovery and compliance needs.

Andrew Reichman, director of product management at Oracle, said that the UK, South Korea, India and Brazil will also have two regions live by the end of 2020.

“Oracle is the first public cloud vendor with a region in Saudi Arabia. We built out our first two Gen 2 Cloud regions in the US, followed quickly by regions in London and Frankfurt. Since then, we’ve developed an approach that supports our plan to quickly meet enterprise requirements around the world,” he said.

SAP has a data centre in Saudi Arabia.