Oracle has announced that it will put in place a data centre in Saudi Arabia to meet growing demand from customers for cloud solutions.
The announcement is part of global plans to expand cloud infrastructure, the company said, with 12 new ‘datacenter regions' opening worldwide.
Saudi Arabia is named as one of the locations for the datacenter regions, a geographic region that contains one or more Oracle Cloud data centres. Oracle would not disclose if it planned to build its own dedicated facility in the Kingdom or if it would partner with a data centre provider.
The company said that as well as new data centre locations, it plans to increase the breadth and depth of cloud services available across Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and to expand services to include security, blockchain and AI cloud offerings.
Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said: "The future of IT is autonomous. With our expanded, modern data centers, Oracle is uniquely suited to deliver the most autonomous technologies in the world. As we invest, our margins will continue to expand. And with our global datacenter expansion, we are able to help customers lower IT costs, mitigate risks and compete like they never have before."
The regional expansion of Oracle's cloud footprint will include locations in Asia including China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Korea; Europe including Amsterdam and Switzerland; and North America including two in Canada and two new US locations to support U.S. Department of Defense workloads.