Oracle has announced plans to build a dozen new cloud data centres. The company's not said if it plans to break ground by itself or co-locate in existing data centres, or how it plans to pay for the expansion. Investors don't seem to object to the likely multi-billion-dollar spend, as Oracle's shares ticked up just under half …
It's big news....
It's the first step to Oracle announcing AWS (I can't see them working with Azure as a competitor/Google who aren't as focussed on the enterprise market, I'm not sure there's enough money in the world for customers to afford a Oracle on IBM cloud option and a non-US partner would be an even bigger surprise) in 2-3 years when they haven't built anything and their cloud strategy is looking shakey...
Datacenters vs Availability Zones
A correction to the article: It compares the count of AWS AZs with competitors datacenters.
AWS approach is that a Region is comprised of a set of isolated Availability Zones with low latency links between them, while each AZ is comprised of one or more datacenters.
Based on this, the 53 AZs number probably correspond to way more than just 53 datacentes, while those information is not publicly available.
Re: Datacenters vs Availability Zones
history has shown on many occasions at least in US-EAST that those AZs aren't as independent as people are led to believe.