Oracle is looking to launch its first datacenter in India this year to provide high availability, better performance, and stronger security to customers.
For Oracle, Indian customers contribute significantly to its annual revenue. The company claims that India is the sixth biggest country for them in terms of revenue.
Several industries in the country, including BFSI (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance), telecom and manufacturing, are rapidly embracing modern technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), and IoT. This is driving the demand for datacenter.
“We see huge prospects for India which is currently the sixth biggest country in the world for us in terms of revenue standpoint. That is why we are building up a data centre for the Cloud here. I am sure that is just the first of the many data centres coming as our business grows,” told Andrew Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President, Oracle Database, to IANS.
Currently, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure are the dominant datacenter providers in India. AWS has two availability zones in Mumbai; Microsoft has datacenters at Mumbai, Pune, and Chennai; whereas, Google launched its datacenter in Mumbai last year. Alibaba Cloud also has two availability zones in the same city.
Oracle’s first datacenter in India is very likely to come up in Mumbai. The cloud major will significantly compete with the leading cloud giants like AWS, Azure, and GCP.
The first datacenter will initially handle Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) workloads. The company is still working on the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) part on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
At the Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Oracle’s Co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison had outlined the roadmap for company’s next generation datacenters.
“We have many customers and partners who want to run their business applications on our Gen 2 Cloud. Oracle will open additional regions in a number of countries, including India, to support our customers and fast-growing cloud business in the country,” said Shailender Kumar, Regional Managing Director, Oracle India.