Oracle has announced the availability of its cloud region in Johannesburg, South Africa which marks its first cloud region in Africa and Oracle’s 37th cloud region globally.

The new Oracle cloud region in Johannesburg is in line with the company’s plan to operate a total of 44 cloud regions globally by the end of 2022. With seven more regions to meet its target, Oracle plans to open additional cloud regions in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, France, Israel, and Saudi Arabia.

“The fourth industrial revolution, which is powered by cloud-led technologies, has significantly accelerated in South Africa and the wider African continent,” said Richard Smith, executive vice president, EMEA, Oracle.

“In recent months, cloud technologies have played a vital role in helping African public and private sector organizations ensure business continuity, deliver essential services, and meet evolving customer expectations. The Oracle Johannesburg region offers a next-generation cloud to run any application faster and more securely for less, helping businesses build resilience, agility and achieve improved ROI.”

Oracle announcement of it plans to operate 44 cloud regions required the company to add 14 cloud regions to its portfolio. Since then, the company has launched seven cloud regions to date with plans to deliver the remaining seven cloud regions.

In Saudi Arabia, Oracle has already established an agreement with NEOM Tech & Digital Holding Company – a subsidiary of NEOM – to open the second Oracle Cloud region in Saudi Arabia. As announced, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) will be hosted at NEOM’s hyperscale data center in Saudi Arabia, also making Oracle the first tenant on the facility.

In November 2021, Oracle announced the opening of its first cloud region in Marseille, France which targets the cloud computing needs of private and public sector organizations in the country, delivering its suite of cloud services that include Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Oracle Cloud VMware.

Most recently, Oracle announced the opening of its first cloud region in Milan, Italy, which followed the opening of its new cloud region in Sweden and Singapore.