Oracle to Add 3 New Cloud Data Centers in Next 6 Months

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Add Oracle to the list of vendors announcing big global cloud expansions. On Tuesday, the company said it will add three new data center farms in the next six months with more to follow.

Oracle (ORCL)—which is fighting to get into the top tier of public cloud contenders along with Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform—is adding a new facility in Reston, Va., just outside of Washington D.C. That area has become cloud data center central in the eastern United States. It’s already home to Amazon’s oldest and largest data center facilities (dubbed U.S. East) as well as those powering Microsoft Azure.

Oracle also promised new cloud data centers to come in London and Turkey.

It’s important to put these massive arrays of connected servers and storage relatively close to customers because distance adds delay to computer interactions. Additionally, there are laws in some countries mandating that citizens’ data remain within the nation of origin. That’s why cloud providers rushed to expand their presence in the U.K. during the last year in the wake of Britain’s vote to exit the European Union, commonly referred to as “Brexit.” Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), and IBM (IBM) are all currently building out their presence in the country.

The move, which Oracle said will double its cloud coverage to 29 geographic regions from two years ago, was announced in conjunction with the company’s CloudWorld event in New York on Tuesday.

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SOURCE: Fortune, Barb Darrow