Oracle is expecting to open a new data center region every 23 days on average over the next 15 months in a bold investment strategy to create 20 additional facilities across the globe.
The move comes as hyper-scale cloud operators such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft are continuing to invest billions in data centers this year following a record $120 billion in capex spending last year.
The Redwood City, Calif.-based software and cloud giant unveiled plans at OpenWorld this week to launch 20 new Oracle Cloud sites by the end of 2020, including 17 commercial and three government centers.
Looking at the cloud provider data center market, Microsoft Azure is currently available in 54 regions, followed by Amazon Web Services with 22 regions and Google Cloud Platform at 20 regions. Oracle Cloud plans to have a total 36 regions available by the end of 2020.
Oracle Cloud will build new data centers in California, Chile, Montreal, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Singapore, Israel, South Africa, Belo Horizonte in Brazil, Osaka in Japan, Hyderabad in India, Chuncheon in South Korea, Newport in Wales, as well as two in Saudi Arabia and two in the United Arab Emirates. The company also intends to open two regions for the U.K. government and one for the government of Israel.
The top five worldwide hyper-scale data center spenders in the second quarter of 2019 were Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft. Other leading hyper-scale spenders include Oracle, Alibaba, IBM, Tencent and Baidu. Capex spending in building, expanding and equipping huge data centers hit $28 billion in the second quarter of 2019, down 2 percent year over year. The 2 percent drop was mainly due to hyper-scale capex decline in China, where the region was down a whopping 37 percent year over year in data center spending.