Need to accelerate digital transformation drives customers across the region to turn to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to free up resources, execute faster and stay competitiveASEAN SAGE—13 January 2022
Facing the risk of digital sameness, more customers across the region are pivoting to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) because of the high performance, built-in security, and better returns on investment. Increasingly, customers are realising not only the immediate benefits of being on the cloud, but also how the cloud can better position the business competitively in the long-term – freeing time and resource spent on maintenance and allowing organisations to innovate.
To meet this demand for cloud services, Oracle recently expanded its footprint with the opening of the Oracle Cloud Singapore Region. Since it’s opening, close to 100 customers across the region have selected to host their workloads on OCI, including City Government of Baguio, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Asia Pacific, and iFoundries.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) helps enable customers to move their existing complex, mission-critical workloads and data platforms to the cloud, and build new cloud native applications, as well as potentially benefitting from its superior performance, possible lower cost, and built-in security capabilities. Customers will also have access to the full suite of Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications, as well as Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes, and Oracle Cloud VMware solution, giving them the choice to create the architecture that best suits their business needs.
“We have witnessed tremendous growth in the business last year,” said Chin Ying Loong, Regional Managing Director, ASEAN & South Asia Growing Economies (SAGE), Oracle. “As customers continue to innovate and modernise on Oracle Cloud, they are realising that not all clouds are the same. Customers recognise that we provide an easy and fast alternative for migrating their enterprise applications.”
Alec Mapalo, Divison Head, City Tourism and Special Events Office, City of Baguio: “With tourist destinations around the world opening up, we look forward to welcoming tourist back. At the same time, we need to protect our 360,000 residents and we do this via the Baguio Visitors Information & Travel Assistance (VISITA) online registration system and mobile application. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure has been instrumental in helping us scale up and scale out to meet the changing demands for travel. As one of the first customers hosting our workload on the Oracle Cloud Singapore Region, we expect even faster provisioning of Baguio VISITA and lower latency. In fact, the simplicity of integration enabled our system to go live on the new cloud region within ten days.”
Henrietta Yaw, CIO, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Asia Pacific: “We aimed to create an enhanced working environment through automating operational processes for our colleagues, which is why we are moving key critical applications to the Oracle Cloud Singapore Region. This company wide digital transformation initiative helps to boost our productivity and workflow efficiency while increasing the level of cross-collaboration in the region.”
“OCI has been most helpful in helping us consolidate our operations, helping us lower the monthly cost of our server maintenance by almost 50%. We thus had no reservations in hosting a large part of our business out of the new Oracle Cloud Singapore Region, especially as the new cloud region is able to address local data residency requirements. We are now able to host the workloads of our local public sector customers on OCI,” said Andy Lim, Sales Director, iFoundries – Digital Marketing.
Alongside the rising demand for Oracle Cloud, OCI is demonstrating strong growth with the introduction of hundreds of services and features over the past year. In the last quarter, OCI has committed to easing the path to multicloud, eliminating data transfer fees by joining forces with Cloudflare; reaffirmed its commitment to the open source database market with the addition of HeatWave with MySQL Autopilot in OCI, and made it easier for developers to apply AI to their applications without requiring data science expertise by adding a new collection of AI Services for OCI.
Additionally, Oracle is delivering on its strategy to meet customers where they are by enabling them to keep data and services where they need it through the ability to deploy Oracle Cloud completely within their own data centers with Dedicated Region and Exadata Cloud@Customer.
Leading organisations across the region, including AIA Malaysia and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, are continuing to rely on Exadata Cloud@Customer to run their businesses and help adapt to unpredictable business environments. They selected Oracle Exadata Database Machine, the world’s fastest database platform, to run business-critical workloads, including core banking systems and IT infrastructure. This is due to the platform’s ability to help customers quickly get more value from their data, while meeting the requirements for strict data sovereignty and security.
The Bangladesh Data Center Company Limited (BDCCL), the Bangladesh government-owned data storage and disaster recovery services provider, has selected Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer to provide sovereign-hosted cloud services to the Bangladesh government. The Dedicated Region Cloud@Customer can enable BDCCL to run its entire IT portfolio on cloud infrastructure and have physical control of infrastructure and data, ensuring that government users meet the most demanding data sovereignty requirements.
Chris Morris, Vice President for IDC's Asia Pacific Cloud Services and Technology Group: “A major benefit of digital transformation is the ability to maximise the value of enterprise data. However, companies still have data resident on many locations and on differing platforms – making it difficult to securely access and reducing its business value. To mitigate this, businesses need to realise that the cloud has become an environment of multiple clouds, each of which is optimised for a workload. This is the multicloud environment to which digital infrastructure is transforming. As such, enterprises need to look for the most appropriate platforms for workloads as they seek to modernise their business services, optimise costs, as well as meeting compliance requirements by using the right deployment model. Increasingly, this means that rather than talking about public, private and hybrid, selection criteria are more about workloads needing dedicated or shared environments so that they can fully support increasingly stringent national government privacy and sovereignty regulations.”
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