Oracle to expand cloud and AI footprint in Japan with $8 billion investment

Oracle has announced that it will invest more than $8 billion over the next decade in cloud computing and AI in Japan.

According to the company, the move is part of plans to grow Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s (OCI) footprint across the country.

Under the investment plans, Oracle said it will grow the local headcount of its operations and support engineering teams that will provide additional support for its public cloud regions in Tokyo and Osaka, as well as for Oracle Alloy and OCD Dedicated Region.

Oracle Japan President Toshimitsu Misawa said the investment will enable the company to help customers and partners address the digital sovereignty requirements in Japan.

“By growing our cloud footprint and providing a team to support sovereign operations in Japan, we are giving our customers and partners the opportunity to innovate with AI and other cloud services while supporting their regulatory and sovereignty requirements,” he said.

Oracle partnership with Fujitsu for sovereign cloud and AI

In addition, Oracle has partnered with Fujitsu to further deliver sovereign cloud and AI capabilities to Japanese businesses and the public sector.

Under the partnership, Fujitsu will deploy Oracle Alloy, a cloud infrastructure platform that’s touted to provide more than 100 OCI services, as part of its Uvance Hybrid IT portfolio in its Japanese data centres. Fujitsu’s Uvance Hybrid IT portfolio has been designed to support customers with on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure.

This will deliver a sovereign cloud environment for businesses and the public sector to help ensure digital sovereignty and operational transparency, Oracle said of the collaboration.

“This strategic collaboration with Fujitsu is an important step forward in delivering a cloud that addresses the digital sovereignty requirements of Japanese businesses and the public sector,” Misawa added.

The partnership will also enable Fujitsu to control updates and patch its cloud environment according to each customer’s needs, giving it the ability to prevent any potential system outages caused by automatic updates.   

“Our collaboration with Oracle positions us to deliver a sovereign cloud offering that enables hyperscale functionality and digital sovereignty capabilities while ensuring operational governance by Fujitsu,” Fujitsu SEVP Kazushi Koga said.

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Aimee Chanthadavong
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Aimee Chanthadavong has been a journalist, editor and content producer for more than a decade. During that time she's covered enterprise technology for premium websites such as ZDNet and InnovationAus as well as food and travel for Broadsheet and SBS.