Software giant, Oracle, has expanded its cloud coverage in Australia, bringing its, cloud platform to the local market and becoming the only vendor to offer software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) to local partners.
Oracle has offered its SaaS offerings in Australia since 2012, and the expansion now adds its PaaS and IaaS to local services.
The new offerings are focused initially around data management, application development and integration, as well as compute and storage, Oracle said these will help users to reduce cost and complexity, utilise digital solutions and innovate to modernise and transform their businesses.
“Innovation and agility are pre-requisites for business in Australia,” said Oracle A/NZ regional managing director, Rob Willis. “This expansion in the local cloud market reflects our commitment to meet growing customer demand for new solutions as they seek to transform and boost their competitive advantage.
“We are the only vendor to offer Australian customers a full-stack platform cloud service, giving customers unprecedented choice and flexibility in how they work. With the availability of the Sydney Region, we expect to see an even faster adoption of services locally, as well as throughout the rest of APAC, given its proximity to Sydney as a hub,” he said.
As reported by the Australian Financial Review, Willis would not disclose the cost of setting up the local data centre infrastructure in Australia, but conceded it was a "huge" investment, which the company claimed was necessary to expand its local presence and pick up new business, particularly in the SMB market.
The facility is currently co-located in a Sydney data centre operated by a third party provider, the identity of which the vendor did not disclose. This follows a pattern set by other major cloud providers such as Microsoft and IBM. AWS is one of the only public cloud companies to build its own local data centre.
Oracle’s IaaS offering allows partners and their customers to deploy Oracle and non-Oracle workloads on the cloud.
The vendor’s local partners already had the choice to use Oracle’s cloud at a customer site to deploy Oracle’s cloud machine for IaaS and PaaS services within their own data centres. Oracle said that complementing these services with the public expansion makes Oracle the only vendor to provide a true hybrid offering in this market.
Oracle said it has already had interest from the channel community including from the likes of ASG Group, Avnet, Deloitte, Insight, NeoData Australia, NextGen and UXC Red Rock.