Oracle to start its first India data centre later this year
IT services firm Oracle, which is bullish on cloud adoption in India, will soon launch its first data centre in the country later this year, in view of the demand from the BFSI, telecom and manufacturing sectors, news agency IANS reported, citing a top global executive.
According to the report, the proposed data centre will come up in Mumbai and help the company in lining up services against its rivals such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft's Azure and Google Cloud Platform, popularly known as GCP.
Andrew Mendelsohn, executive vice-president, Oracle Database, was quoted as saying: "We see huge prospects for India, which is currently the sixth-biggest country in the world for us in terms of revenue standpoint. That is why we are building up a data centre for the cloud here. I am sure that is just the first of the many data centres coming as our business grows."
The executive further said that the new data centre will offer PaaS and IaaS and later on SaaS (platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and software as a service).
Shailender Kumar, managing director, Oracle India, was quoted as saying, "We are committed to bringing our enterprise cloud to customers globally. Continuing to support customer and partner demand, our co-founder, executive chairman and tech chief Larry Ellison outlined the road map for Oracle's Next Gen Data centres at the Oracle OpenWorld 2018 in San Francisco."
Kumar also told the agency that there were customers who wanted to run their business application on the company's second-generation cloud, called Gen 2. He added that Oracle has been planning to launch availability zones in various countries, including India, as most banks, insurance firms and telecom players are using Oracle database services.
The India managing director also said that most customers were upgrading to a product called the Autonomous Database.
"As we go forward, artificial intelligence and machine learning are going to play an important role alongside Big Data and analytics, and so will bots, Internet of Things and blockchain," Kumar said.
Kumar added, "We are working with banks for land records’ management, working with Jet Airways for supporting BYOD (bring your own device) for content delivery on flights, and with several others via our platform Taleo for human capital management."
Oracle's rivals have already opened data centres in the country, with Microsoft offering its services at three locations -- Mumbai, Pune and Chennai -- and Google providing cloud support in Mumbai. Google had launched its data centre last year.
The biggest public cloud service provider Amazon Web Services has two availability zones and Mumbai is its cloud region.