American technology firm Oracle has on Tuesday announced its plans to open a second cloud region in Singapore to meet the rapidly growing demand for its cloud services in South East Asia.

Continuing one of the fastest expansions of any major cloud provider, the new region is one of 10 planned public regions to join the 41 regions that Oracle currently operates, Oracle said in a statement.

The region will offer Oracle’s public and private sector customers and partners a new option to locate their infrastructure, applications, and data for optimal performance and latency.

Customers will have access to a wide range of cloud services to modernize their applications; innovate with data, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI); and migrate mission-critical workloads from their data centers to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

In addition, customers will be able to achieve greater business continuity by using both Oracle Cloud Singapore Regions together while retaining data residency within Singapore.

“Our upcoming second cloud region in Singapore will help meet the tremendous upsurge in demand for cloud services in South East Asia,” said Garrett Ilg, President, Japan and Asia Pacific, Oracle.

“With the new region, Oracle offers customers true business continuity and disaster protection while meeting in-country data residency requirements,

“As a result, we’re extending our commitment to helping organizations in South East Asia embrace technologies like AI, machine learning, and IoT to address their most complex challenges and achieve more with less,” he added.

The new Oracle Cloud Singapore Region will offer over 100 OCI services and applications, including Oracle Autonomous Database, MySQL HeatWave Database Service, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Oracle Cloud VMware Solution.

These applications and services will help startups and medium-sized and large organizations across financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail in South East Asia harness data to help uncover new business value and optimize applications, typically without requiring costly re-architecture.

The first Oracle Cloud Singapore Region has supported the innovation needs of more than 1,000 customers in South East Asia, including Pacific International Lines and Siam Makro.

OCI’s next-generation architecture maximizes performance and security. Each Oracle Cloud Region contains at least three fault domains, which are groupings of hardware that form logical data centers for high availability and resilience to hardware and network failures.

The second region in Singapore will help customers increase business continuity while addressing regulatory needs.

Both Singapore regions will provide low-latency networking and high-speed data transfer to allow customers and partners to derive better value from their data.

In addition, OCI’s distributed cloud solutions, including Dedicated Region and Exadata Cloud@Customer, can assist with applications where data proximity and low latency in specific locations are critical.

Underscoring its ongoing focus on sustainability, Oracle has committed to matching all worldwide Oracle Cloud Regions with 100 percent renewable energy by 2025, including the new Oracle Cloud Region in Singapore.

Several Oracle Cloud Regions are already powered by 100 percent renewable energy, which enables customers to run their computing services more sustainably and with a lower carbon footprint.

To further advance its commitment to sustainable operations, Oracle and its Asset Recovery partners recycled 99.9 percent of retired hardware they collected in FY22.

Oracle provides a broad and consistent set of cloud services, with the same low prices, across more than 41 cloud regions in 22 countries.

OCI currently operates 34 commercial regions and seven government regions, in addition to multiple dedicated and national security regions.

Currently available Oracle Cloud Regions in Asia Pacific region including Tokyo (Japan), Osaka (Japan), Seoul (South Korea), Chuncheon (South Korea), Mumbai (India), Hyderabad (India), Sydney (Australia), Melbourne (Australia), Singapore (Singapore).

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