Oracle opens first data centre for cloud computing in Africa

Oracle, a cloud infrastructure company, has announced the opening of its first cloud region in Africa, in South Africa, to address the fast-expanding demand for enterprise cloud services.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the corporation said it would follow the likes of Microsoft and Amazon in establishing operations on the continent. Oracle has opened its 37th cloud area around the world, with aspirations to have at least 44 by the end of 2022.

“The fourth industrial revolution, which is powered by cloud-led technologies, has significantly accelerated in South Africa and the wider African continent,” Richard Smith, executive vice president, EMEA, Oracle, said.

“In recent months, cloud technologies have played a vital role in helping African public and private sector organisations ensure business continuity, deliver essential services, and meet evolving customer expectations. The Oracle Johannesburg region offers a next-generation cloud to run any application faster and more securely for less, helping businesses build resilience, agility and achieve improved ROI.”

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