Oracle is expanding its global presence in the cloud computing market by introducing its first cloud region in Africa.
The Oracle Cloud Johannesburg Region is intended to meet “the rapidly growing demand for enterprise cloud services on the continent,” according to Oracle this month.
Oracle expects its Johannesburg cloud region to “boost cloud adoption across Africa” and help companies there “achieve better performance and drive continuous innovation.”
There are 37 Oracle Cloud Regions worldwide, with plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022.
The Johannesburg region is built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), which enables clients to migrate IT workloads and data platforms to the cloud or build cloud-native applications.
“The fourth industrial revolution, which is powered by cloud-led technologies, has significantly accelerated in South Africa and the wider African continent,” said Richard Smith, EVP, EMEA, Oracle.
“In recent months, cloud technologies have played a vital role in helping African public and private sector organizations ensure business continuity, deliver essential services, and meet evolving customer expectations.”
Reubin Layman, CIO of Openserve at Telkom SA, said the Oracle Cloud Johannesburg Region will “boost the local infrastructure capability of South Africa and the wider continent and help organizations kick-start their digital transformation journeys.”