Oracle Cloud rollout ramps up with Singapore opening
Oracle’s cloud rollout heavily reliant on carrier-neutral partners but capex still jumps 144% YoY in 3Q21 to $1.1B; company serious about taking on “Big 3”
By Matt Walker

Oracle announced the launch of its 33rd cloud region this week, in Singapore. It plans to expand its footprint to 44 regions by year-end 2022. Oracle has prioritized a rapid expansion across the globe, relying on third-party colocation providers for most of its data centers, and building a single availability zone per region, at least to start. The company is in a race to catch up with the big 3 (Amazon, Google, and Microsoft), and recognizes that many of its customers are eager to migrate to the cloud, and they have options.

Oracle’s cloud rush is apparent in its capex stats. The company’s capex has grown quickly in recent quarters, reaching over $1B in 3Q21; annualized capital intensity through 3Q21 was 6.8%, the company’s highest in at least the last decade. Still, this is far below big 3, which all spend well over 10% of revenues on capex. Oracle’s capex is not likely to decline anytime soon, given its global plans; it expects capex to double for the fiscal year ended May 2022. Oracle’s push also has a secondary effect on the capex plans of its colocation partners. Companies like Digital Realty and Equinix, both of which provide space to Oracle in multiple markets, are increasingly building out more resilient, rich networks beyond the data center itself. Digital Realty’s recent data center interconnect contract in Asia with Ciena is just one of many examples. As MTN Consulting has argued separately, the carrier-neutral players are likely to continue to expand their reach across multiple types of infrastructure. One reason for this is CNNOs’ support for the global growth aspirations of the webscale sector.

Table Of Contents

  • Summary – 2
  • Oracle is both vendor and network operator – 2
  • Oracle’s emergence as a key webscaler – 3
  • Oracle’s financial situation – 4
  • Reaching global scale – 5
  • Implications for carrier neutral sector – 6
  • Outlook for Oracle – 7
  • Appendix 1 – 8
    • About MTN Consulting 
    • Terms of Use

Figure & Charts

Figure 1: Annualized Network & IT capex through 2Q21, top webscalers
Figure 2: Availability zones in an Azure region
Figure 3: Oracle revenues by region, 2020
Figure 4: Data center footprint and annual data center capex ($M) of CNNO market, 2011-20


Companies and organizations mentioned in this report include:

Alphabet (Google/Google Cloud Platform)
Amazon (Amazon Web Services)
Ampere Computing
Arm Ltd
Deutsche Bank
Digital Realty
Huawei (Huawei Cloud)
Microsoft (Azure)