Oracle is bringing its Cloud Platform services to the Australian market, expanding its cloud coverage locally to and compete with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Oracle has offered its SaaS offerings across finance, HR and marketing out of Australia since 2012. The expansion now adds Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS services.

Focused initially around data management, application development and integration, as well as compute and storage, the new services will help users to reduce cost and complexity, utilise digital solutions and innovate to modernise and transform their businesses, the company said.

“Innovation and agility are pre-requisites for business in Australia,” said Rob Willis, regional managing director at Oracle Australia and New Zealand.

“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.”

The new Australian services provide lower latency and local data residency. Oracle’s IaaS enables customers to deploy both Oracle and non-Oracle workloads on the cloud.

“When you look at cloud maturity in Asia Pacific, Australia is definitely the most mature, despite the fact that we are really only at the start of most companies’ cloud journey. Having a local presence will make a lot of difference – there is still a strong preference for local delivery from both customers and partners,” said Adrian Ho, principal analyst, Ovum.

According to Telsyte’s Australian Infrastructure & Cloud Computing Market Study 2017 Australian IaaS market is set to grow from $621 million in 2016 to reach $1 billion by 2020.

“The local market is quickly adopting cloud services from other geographies; however, CIOs are willing to consider in-country options as a priority. Telsyte research shows security and off-shore data location are two of the top concerns IT leaders have when it comes to public IaaS clouds,” said Rodney Gedda, Telsyte senior analyst.

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