US-based enterprise software giant Oracle has officially opened its Johannesburg-based data centre, its first cloud region on the African continent.

According to the company, the Oracle Cloud Johannesburg Region will allow organisations looking to build high-performing, secure applications, meet data sovereignty requirements, and devise robust disaster recovery plans, to meet the rapidly-growing demand for enterprise cloud services across the continent.

In September 2019, Oracle first announced plans to aggressively expand its cloud region footprint by building new cloud regions in South Africa, US, Canada, Brazil, UK, European Union (Amsterdam), Japan, Australia, India, South Korea, Singapore, Israel, Chile, two in Saudi Arabia and two in the United Arab Emirates.

However, due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the American multinational firm was forced to delay some of its data centre expansion plans.

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