As a result of the outbreak, Oracle announced on Wednesday that it had created its first cloud region in the Nordics in Stockholm and one in Milan, Italy.
Cloud regions are defined by the geographic location of data centers, allowing clients in the area to access their data more quickly.
Oracle, Microsoft, Amazon, and Google, among others, have been building new data centers across Europe to service clients who are migrating from in-house digital storage and computation to leased cloud servers.
Oracle already has cloud regions across Europe, including Germany, the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. It will have facilities in 36 regions worldwide, including the two new locations, with plans to add another eight by the end of next year. In Europe, the company has already inked contracts with potential customers and plans to develop a second region in France and another in Spain.
“European organizations want to store their data in Europe or in their local country where possible,” said Carla Arend, senior program director at research firm IDC.
Oracle, best known for its database software, trails its larger competitors in the fight to capture the cloud computing industry. Still, its total cloud revenue increased by 22% to $2.7 billion in the second quarter.
Oracle announced earlier this year that it would migrate firms’ most complex computer programs to its cloud for free to attract a new wave of cloud-computing clients.