Wednesday, October 18, 2017

‘We’re not crazy’: Oracle to build second Brazil data centre

Second hub in the country comes as company launches cloud war on AWS.

Cloud company Oracle has announced it will open a second data centre in Brazil which will double the company’s cloud capacity in the country.

The plan was announced at Oracle Open World 2016 in San Francisco, and the hub, located in the São Paulo region, is expected to come online in early 2017, according to Luis Meisler, EVP at Oracle Latam.

He also said the data centre will help the company boost its cloud services portfolio in the South American region as a whole.

Meisler said the investment comes as 40% of Oracle’s revenues in the region are originated by its cloud business. The facility will help support the company’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) products.

“We are ahead of the whole world in that field [cloud],” he said.

Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, said: “I know a lot of people will say we are crazy to invest in Brazil at the moment, as the GDP has just fallen 4%. But we are convinced that the economy will recover.”

CTO Larry Ellison, has also mentioned Brazil in his keynotes in San Francisco. Ellison said the country is an example of the recent investments made by the company in capacity management and the capability of adapting Oracle’s products to local issues.

The first Oracle data centre in Brazil was the company’s 19th global hub and was opened in Campinas, in August 2015.

The amount invested in both data centres has not been disclosed.

Elsewhere, Oracle’s Open World 2016, has sparked much controversy across the world with Ellison this year picking up on global public cloud provider AWS as its new target.

Following previous years when Ellison took aim at other industry giants like SAP, Salesforce or Workday, this year the CTO focused all his efforts on AWS with the launch of several new products,

He said: “Oracle’s new technologies will drive the cloud databases and infrastructure of the future.

“Amazon are decades behind in every database area that matters, and their systems are more closed than mainframe computers.”

During his keynote, the CTO also said that Amazon’s lead is over.

“Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward. And we are very proud of our second generation of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

“We are going to be focusing on it and aggressively featuring it not only during Oracle OpenWorld but for the remainder of this fiscal year and next fiscal year and the year after that.”

Watch now CTO Larry Ellison’s keynote highlights at OOW 2016.