Oracle Corporation (ORCL) plans to hire nearly 2,000 additional workers as part of a plan to roll out its cloud computing services to more locations around the world, its cloud chief told Reuters on Monday.
Looking to compete with rivals such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, the move will also help transition the American multinational computer technology business’ software for finance, sales and other functions to new systems over the next year.
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Don Johnson, executive vice-president of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure unit, stated that jobs will be added to their software development hubs in Seattle, San Francisco and India, as well as near new data centers.
By the end of 2020, Oracle plans to open 20 more cloud ‘regions’ - places where Oracle operates data centres so customers can safely stash data for disaster recovery or to comply with local data storage laws.
The company currently has 16 such regions.
New locations will be built in Chile, Japan, South Africa and United Arab Emirates as well as elsewhere in Asia and Europe.
Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, as of 31 May, Oracle had some 136,000 full-time staff, of which 18,000 were employed in cloud services and license support operations.
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