Published on November 8, 2023, 11:25 pm

Oracle, the leading technology company, has announced its plans to open a second cloud region in Singapore to cater to the growing demand for its cloud services in Southeast Asia. This new region will be among the 10 public regions that Oracle intends to establish, expanding its existing network of 41 regions worldwide.

With existing cloud regions in Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Chuncheon (South Korea), Mumbai, Hyderabad, Sydney, Melbourne, and Singapore, Oracle aims to provide its customers and partners in both the public and private sectors with more options to host their infrastructure, applications, and data. This move will ensure optimal performance and lower latency for users in the region.

Garrett Ilg, president of Japan & Asia Pacific at Oracle expressed enthusiasm about this expansion, explaining that it would enable organizations in Southeast Asia to leverage advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT) to address complex challenges effectively while maximizing productivity.

The new Oracle Cloud Singapore Region will offer over 100 services and applications on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) platform. Notable offerings include the Oracle Autonomous Database, MySQL HeatWave Database Service, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution. These tools will empower startups as well as medium-sized and large organizations across various industries like financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing healthcare, and retail to harness their data for valuable insights without requiring costly re-architecting.

Oracle’s decision to expand its presence in Singapore also aligns with IDC’s projection that the public cloud services market in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) will experience significant growth in the coming years. According to IDC’s estimates, this market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.5%, reaching a value of US$153.6 billion by 2026—a considerable increase from US$53.4 billion recorded in 2021.

The increasing emphasis on digital revenue generation further underscores the importance of cloud technology and its role in ensuring business continuity and resilience. IDC predicts that by 2023, one in three companies in Southeast Asia will derive more than 15% of their revenue from digital products and services, compared to one in six companies in 2020.

Estelle Quek, senior research manager at IDC, highlighted the strong inclination among Southeast Asian organizations to adopt cloud solutions due to their potential to differentiate businesses and address post-pandemic challenges effectively.

The first Oracle Cloud Singapore Region has already facilitated innovation for over 1,000 customers in Southeast Asia. It comes as no surprise that influential figures such as Paul Stephen Howe, group chief information technology officer of Siam Makro, and Yeo Teck Guan, chief business technology officer of Singapore Pools express confidence in Oracle’s expansion plans. They have recognized the benefits of increased availability and enhanced cloud services to support their organizations’ operations across the region.

Richard James, managing director of enterprise application services for APMEA at DXC Technology, also emphasized the endless possibilities that Oracle’s second cloud region would bring for system integrators and independent software vendors. He believes that this move will enable them to scale their operations and achieve higher performance levels.

Lastly, DXC Technology itself has continued its successful partnership with Oracle by achieving the Oracle Cloud Solutions Provider Expertise (CSPE) accreditation for the fifth year in a row. This milestone solidifies DXC Technology’s capabilities in delivering mission-critical IT services along with Oracle’s advanced technologies.

Oracle’s decision to open a second cloud region in Singapore not only reflects its commitment to meet customer demand but also signals its drive to support digital transformation initiatives across Southeast Asia. The new region promises enhanced performance and availability for users while providing a platform for businesses to harness the power of emerging technologies like generative AI.

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