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African colocation data centre and interconnection provider Teraco Data Environments will offer direct connectivity through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) FastConnect at its Isando Campus in Johannesburg. This will allow Oracle customers to utilise Oracle Autonomous Database locally.
FastConnect is also available through Teraco’s Africa Cloud Exchange and could unlock higher-bandwidth options and a more reliable netwroking experience. Both these benefits will boost growth and enable innovation.
“Our direct connections to OCI builds upon our commitment to ensure that our clients have direct, secure access to the critical IT resources they need to drive business success,” said Teraco CEO Jan Hnizdo.
“The demand for Oracle Cloud in our market is a testament to its strength, and we are extremely pleased to be working closely with Oracle to accelerate their service delivery.”
This Teraco announcement adds to the existing OCI network of over 70 FastConnect partners around the globe and comes shortly after Oracle announced the Isando facility as its first cloud region in Africa.
These expansions are in line with Oracle’s goal of 44 cloud regions by the end of 2022.
“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 organisations 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 Cloud is specifically architected to help meet the needs of the enterprise and delivers powerful compute and networking performance through a comprehensive portfolio of infrastructure and platform cloud services.
Some of the benefits African businesses will see include:
- More consistent network performance and lower latency, compared with the public Internet
- Near-seamless connectivity between the data centre and networks to OCI for demanding workloads and applications
- Increased reliability, with a dedicated and pre-established path to OCI
- Improved security because data traffic flows strictly over trusted endpoints in a secure data centre location
- A relatively easy and cost-effective way to set up hybrid and multi-cloud workloads
- Near-seamless management of physical and virtual connections through a single portal