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Oracle to launch Gen 2 Cloud region in Sydney
Tue, 13th Aug 2019
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Oracle's Generation 2 Cloud is getting ever closer to its launch day in Australia, as its new Sydney region prepares to go live by the end of August. Generation 2 Cloud plans to support 19 regions by the end of 2019, with a Melbourne region expected to launch early next year.

Oracle says that Australian customers can now take advantage of local cloud services and other services, such as autonomous databases.

Oracle's Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure offers customers AI-based Applications, ML-integrated security, automated analytics and Oracle Autonomous Database, 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.

“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,” comments Oracle ANZ vice president of technology, Valery Lanovenko.

“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 center helps us address significant customer demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database and meet local regulatory requirements.

Oracle has also expanded opportunities within its Oracle PartnerNetwork to provide partners with recognition and rewards for their investment in Oracle Cloud.

According to Oracle, “Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program – an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud.

AFG is one of Oracle's 430,000 customers. AFG CIO Matthew Faries comments on Oracle's Generation 2 technologies:

“Over a number of years, AFG has relied on Oracle technology to drive innovation and a market leading experience for more than 3000 brokers across Australia, who collectively support 10,000 home loan applications each month.

“Recently, we have leveraged new Oracle technology to drive record growth in our own home loan business. Supporting this growth, behind the scenes is a highly engineered credit assessment and decisioning platform. It is vital that this platform is highly responsive, always available and able to adapt in an ever-changing market.

“To continue our rate of growth, we are looking to Oracle's Generation 2 Data Center to enable us to scale our credit operations, further automate the decision-making process and build a strong, sustainable business.

Oracle is also supporting the Australian startup community through its Oracle for Startups program.

The program moves through a cycle of innovation by blending startup ingenuity with enterprise resources to enable delivery of transformative solutions to customers. It starts with a no charge Oracle cloud allocation and expands to a rich collaboration with opportunities to engage with Oracle's network of mentors, product experts, and customers.