Or­a­cle launches cloud data cen­tres in In­dia

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Business - [email protected] times­group.com

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.

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