Oracle announced the opening of its new cloud region in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The new cloud region at Johannesburg is the cloud provider’s 37th cloud region. Oracle says that by the end of the year 2022, it aims to have 44 cloud regions.
To maintain resilience and redundancy, Oracle usually aims to build two different regions in each country. However, in the case of South Africa, it has not announced a second facility in the country.
Cherian Varghese who is the regional managing director for Oracle’s Middle East and Africa operations said that even though Oracle has no plans for additional data centers in Africa in 2022, the company has plans to build facilities in the country in 2023.
Additionally, the company plans to open its first cloud regions in Spain, Mexico, and Colombia by the end of this year.
If we talk about other leading cloud players, Microsoft opened an Azure region in Johannesburg back in 2019 however, removed it at the beginning of 2021.
AWS launched the Cape Town region in 2020. On the other hand, Google Cloud doesn’t have any regions across the whole African continent.