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Oracle Korea opens cloud-service data center

July 04,2019
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Oracle Korea CEO Tom Song speaks at the launch of the company’s first cloud-service data center in Korea in Gangnam, southern Seoul, on Wednesday. [ORACLE KOREA]
Oracle announced the official launch of its first cloud-service data center in Korea on Wednesday.

The first domestic data center is located in Seoul, although the company did not give an exact location for security reasons. Oracle also announced Wednesday that a second data center will be set up this year, this time outside the capital. The U.S. company plans to have data centers in 19 countries by the end of this year. It currently has nine.

Oracle is a relative latecomer to the cloud business behind Amazon, Microsoft and Google. But Tom Song, Oracle Korea’s regional managing director, said that being second has its perks.

“A lot of our top engineers and managers at Oracle’s Seattle office were leaders in the cloud business that came from Amazon and Microsoft,” he explained in a press conference held Wednesday in Gangnam, southern Seoul. “When I asked them why they moved to Oracle, they said there were a lot of lessons learned in deploying data centers in its early days and now Oracle was their second chance, a green field to build up differentiated design architecture.”

The new center in Seoul runs what Oracle calls the “second-generation” cloud, in an apparent attempt to distance themselves from older players in the market. Oracle’s second-generation cloud service offers artificial intelligence- (AI) based applications, machine-learning security features and automotive functions in managing, protecting and restoring data, according to the company.

Bryan Thompson, Oracle’s vice president of product management, added that first-generation clouds were focused on maximum usage with a fixed amount of resources, which led to over-subscription.

“In this next-generation architecture, we focused on providing persistent, predictable performance, meaning there is no over-subscription,” he said. “That way our customers have a consistent, high-performance experience, which is needed for many of these enterprises and mission critical workloads.”

Oracle currently has 6,000 clients in Korea. More than 100 have already moved their cloud storage to Oracle’s Seoul data center, including KEB Hana Bank and SK Stoa.

Oracle’s data center in Korea proves the country’s growth potential for cloud services. Amazon and Microsoft already opened data centers here in 2016 and 2017.

BY SONG KYOUNG-SON [song.kyoungson@joongang.co.kr]