Oracle made some major moves earlier this week with its technology offerings and its cloud ambitions.
On Feb. 12, at its CloudWorld event in New York City, Oracle announced that it plans to build 12 new data centers around the world. The quadrupling of Oracle's data center "regions" will put it into greater competition with Microsoft, Google and other public cloud providers in the race to deliver cloud-infrastructure services to businesses, as The Wall Street Journal reports. Two of the new data centers will sit in the U.S., two will be in Canada and there will be one each in India, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland. As the Journal notes, "Oracle currently has three that deliver the latest version of its cloud-infrastructure services, in Phoenix; Ashburn, Va.; and Frankfurt. A fourth opens next month in London."
Perhaps more importantly for Oracle, the company also announced that it will expand the machine learning and autonomous capabilities in its relational database service to its entire Platform as a Service cloud offering, as ZDNet reports. Oracle says that will make all Oracle Cloud Platform services "self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing."
In a statement, Oracle sums up the significance of the move:
As organizations focus on delivering innovation fast, they want a secure set of comprehensive, integrated cloud services to build new applications and run their most demanding enterprise workloads. Only Oracle’s cloud services can automate key operational functions like tuning, patching, backups and upgrades while running to deliver maximum performance, high availability, and secure enterprise IT systems. In addition, to accelerate innovation and smarter decision making, Oracle Cloud Platform is incorporating additional autonomous capabilities specific to application development, mobile and bots, app and data integration, analytics, security and management.