Oracle launches cloud data centres in India
Mumbai: Oracle on Friday launched cloud data centres in India, a service that will compete with Amazon’s AWS and Microsoft’s Azure platforms.
The first cloud region has been established in Mumbai, and already hosts about a 100 customers, including Federal Bank, TTK Healthcare, Harman Connected Services and Genpact. A second region will be set up in Hyderabad next year.
Companies are moving more and more of their data and applications to the cloud as it allows them to focus on their core business instead of bothering about buying and managing IT infrastructure and software. Research firm Gartner predicts that public cloud revenue in India will touch $2.4 billion this year, up 24% from 2018.
AWS, Microsoft, Google and IBM all have public cloud infrastructures in India. Oracle has been a late entrant into cloud. But the company says its offerings are better precisely because of this late entry.
Vinay Kumar, VP of product management for Oracle cloud infrastructure, told TOI that unlike the early clouds, Oracle cloud’s software code does not run on the server the customer uses, and so Oracle cannot look into the customer’s data and the customer cannot see Oracle’s code. “So security is built into the foundation of the cloud,” he said.
Kumar said Oracle could also price its services lower than older players partly because it could build its architecture on modern technologies such as SSD (solid state drive) and NVMe (nonvolatile memory express), instead of spinning drives. The former enable far greater data transfer speeds than the latter.