Oracle opened a new cloud region in Paris. The cloud giant wants to host fourteen European regions by the end of 2022.

Every major cloud provider operates local data centres. For some customers, it’s illegal to process data across the border. Other customers value the speed of local hardware. Most providers group local data centers into cloud regions.

In 2021, Oracle established its first French cloud region in Marseille. Now, the offering is expanding. The second French cloud region is available in Paris. Resultingly, the organization has nine European cloud regions. Besides Marseille and Paris, Oracle works in Amsterdam, London, Zurich, Milan, Stockholm and Newport. The tenth region is being built in Madrid.

Why local?

Oracle wants to close 2022 with fourteen European regions. “The reason we’re adding new cloud regions is very simple: customer demand”, said Oracle’s Richard Smith in an interview with Techzine.

American customers can theoretically get by on a cloud region that’s hundreds of miles away. That rarely applies to European customers. On the continent, a few hundred kilometres can span several countries. Every border means different laws.

Organizations that process personal data in the cloud will typically have to opt for a local region. With each cloud region added, Oracle makes itself available to a new user group. The organization wants to offer 44 cloud regions worldwide before the end of the year.

The new region in Paris supports Oracle’s entire cloud offering, including Autonomous Database. Each cloud region has three components with separate hardware and power supplies. To prevent downtime due to failures, customers’ workloads can be distributed across all components.

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