Oracle and Bharti Airtel have extended their partnership to push cloud solutions to over 1 million enterprise customers. The company said that to meet India's growing demand for cloud services, Oracle will expand its capacity in the India West (Mumbai) region through a partnership with Nxtra by Airtel, Airtel's data centre subsidiary.
Oracle Cloud Mumbai Region will be expanded in 2022. Nxtra by Airtel operates India's largest data centre network, with ten hyper data centres and 120 edge data centres. By 2025, the company plans to invest Rs. 5000 crore (USD 760 million) to triple capacity to over 400 MW.
The expanded Mumbai Region will complement Oracle's existing cloud regions in Hyderabad and Mumbai, which currently serve hundreds of customers across the private and public sectors in the country. The expanded region will enable more customers to innovate and accelerate their business growth by leveraging Oracle's next-generation cloud infrastructure and Airtel Business network, said the company.
Airtel Business and Oracle will also jointly market Oracle Cloud solutions to enterprise customers in the private and public sectors as part of the collaboration. Airtel Business serves over a million businesses in India, including large corporations, start-ups, governments, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). These customers will now have access to Oracle Cloud solutions as part of Airtel Business' integrated portfolio.
Additionally, Oracle and Airtel will establish a Cloud Center of Excellence in Gurgaon, staffed by a dedicated team of specialists from both companies. These experts will assist Airtel in modernising its internal workloads and enabling customers to adopt and fully benefit from cloud computing. Airtel and Oracle will also collaborate on the development of joint intellectual property solutions to support emerging technology growth areas. Among them are multi-cloud solutions, business-to-business customer experience solutions, and unified communications solutions.
“The demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) is on the rise. We've witnessed triple-digit growth in the business last year with more and more organizations, of all sizes ranging from top banks and telcos to governments and unicorns, in Asia, turning to OCI to run their mission-critical workloads. We want to help customers build true business continuity and disaster protection while helping them address their in-country data residence requirements,” said Garrett Ilg, President, Oracle Japan, and Asia Pacific. “Our partnership with Airtel is a milestone and together we can truly help Indian businesses fast-track growth and help boost India's economy.”
“We are delighted to strengthen our close working relationship with Oracle even further. Airtel's world-class data centre network will support Oracle's cloud growth in India as they expand their cloud region in the country. Both companies will also partner to co-innovate cloud solutions for India's digital economy and take these to the market by leveraging Airtel's leadership in the enterprise segment. With its 5G ready network and large investments in digital infrastructure including data centers, Airtel is well-positioned to tap the emerging growth opportunities in the enterprise segment as businesses accelerate their digital transformation journeys,” said Gopal Vittal, MD & CEO (India and South Asia), Bharti Airtel.