Oracle has announced the opening of its first cloud region in Milan, Italy, targeting cloud computing demands of private and public sector organizations in the country.

The opening of this region comes at the same time with the launch of Oracle’s 35th cloud region which is its first Nordic cloud region, located in Stockholm, Sweden and powered by 100% renewable energy.

“It is important that we offer organizations access to cloud infrastructure that is located in Italy to manage their most critical data and applications. We currently see significant growth in our cloud business that reflects our customers’ desire to rapidly digitize their operations so they can better serve their customers,” said Alessandro Ippolito, vice president and country general manager, Oracle Italy.

“The Milan region also supports the Italian government’s ‘Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza’ (National Plan of Recovery and Resilience) initiative, which aims to promote the economic recovery of the country through digital modernization. Having a cloud region on Italian soil will help facilitate the adoption of Oracle Cloud services by government entities and Italy’s highly regulated industries.”

According to the company, the new region now offers Oracle Cloud services including Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes and Oracle Cloud VMware from Milan for customers that want to leverage a cloud region in Italy. The Milan region is also expected to strengthen Oracle’s cloud network in the European region which features operational facilities in Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Marseille, Stockholm, UK, Switzerland and a second region in France and one in Spain planned to open.

With plans to have at least 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022, Oracle plans to deliver more cloud regions across geographies which include Spain, Johannesburg, South Africa, Mexico, and Colombia, as well as the opening of second cloud regions in Saudi Arabia, France, Israel, and Chile.