Also will open 20 new cloud regions, an executive tells Reuters
Oracle reportedly will add another 2,000 jobs to help accelerate the global reach of its cloud business as it looks to compete with such heavyweights as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, according to a report.
The Lowdown: The new jobs will be focused in the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle, and India, where Oracle does most of its software development, according to a report by Reuters. They also will be added near new data centers, the report said.
The Details: Oracle, which got a late start in the booming cloud market, is aggressively expanding its cloud business, Last year, for example, it launched its second-generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), which came with significant enhancements over the initial version around security, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, price, and performance.
The new jobs will add to the 18,000 or so in Oracle’s cloud services and license support operations, Reuters said. In all, Oracle has a global full-time workforce of about 136,000.
Oracle also told Reuters that by the end of 2020, it will open 20 more cloud regions around the world, adding to the 16 it already has. New regional data centers will be built in such areas as Chile, Japan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Impact: More cloud employees and regions will benefit not only customers around the world but also Oracle’s cloud partners. The company counts multiple major channel players as partners for its cloud business, including Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, AppsLink, and Logicalis. Oracle Cloud partners include everything from VARs to global and regional systems integrators.
Background: Spending on cloud infrastructure continues to grow. In the second quarter, spending jumped 39%, with AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud continuing to lead the market, according to Synergy Research Group. The firm put Oracle in with the likes of IBM, Salesforce, and Rackspace as “niche oriented” players.
The Buzz: “We’re driving this very, very aggressively,” Don Johnson, executive vice president of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure unit, told Reuters. “We are very rapidly converting what’s a complex footprint to be a very simple footprint: Everything everywhere runs on our [second-generation] cloud infrastructure.”