Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud is set to go live in Australia by the end of the month, with the opening of a new region in Sydney.

It will be the database giant’s first Australian data centre and is part of a broader plan from Oracle to have 19 Generation 2 Cloud data centre regions live by the end of 2019.

Oracle has existing shared data centres in Australia through which it runs applications, cloud infrastructure and back-up. The new centre will be the first locally that supports Oracle’s Generation 2 cloud.

Clarification: an earlier version of this article stated the centre will be the first in Australia to be purely operated by Oracle. The new centre will also be sitting within a co-located data centre. 

The facility is designed to enable the capabilities of its Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure, announced at last year’s Oracle Open World, which include AI-based applications, ML-integrated security, automated analytics and Oracle Autonomous Database.

Unveiled in October 2017, Oracle’s Autonomous Database is “a self-driving database” that automatically encrypts data, backs itself up, tunes itself, upgrades itself and automatically patches itself when a security threat is detected.

The new Sydney region comes alongside three others launching in August in Mumbai, Zurich, and Sao Paulo. A new data centre in Melbourne is set to open early next year.

Oracle argues the first generation of cloud services were suited for start-ups building cloud native apps, but its second-generation data centres will help its more than 4,000 Australian and New Zealand customers move mission critical applications to the cloud.

“As more Australian businesses look for new ways to unlock value from their data and drive innovation, Oracle is making deep local investment to ensure they have the right platform for transformation,” says Valery Lanovenko, vice president technology, Australia and New Zealand.

“This is a whole new class of cloud, designed from the ground up to both host mission critical workloads and drive innovation. This new data centre helps us address significant customer demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database, and meet local regulatory requirements.”

Ryan Klose, executive general manager, National Pharmacies, said Oracle infrastructure has already played a powerful role in the company’s digital transformation.

“Oracle Cloud infrastructure … runs the Oracle Autonomous Database, which has enabled us to achieve the holy grail of centralising patient data so that our health practitioners can join the dots in real time and make informed decisions,” Klose said.

“It’s underpinned the modernisation of our Oracle financial, procurement and warehousing systems, helping us reduce $7 million out of the business due to inefficient inventory practices, and 90 per cent saving in our training budget taking advantage of mobile applications making in-store employee user experiences as intuitive as ‘Candy Crush’. It also enables our teams to innovate and test new technologies at a lower cost and without the traditional waiting times that come with on-premise platforms, now, it is as simple to check a few boxes in our Oracle Cloud administration wizard, and we are up and running in only a few minutes.”

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