The idea is to compete with bigger rivals Amazon and Microsoft and move Oracle’s business software for finance, sales and other functions to new systems over the next year.
Don Johnson, executive vice president of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure unit, said that jobs would be added in Oracle’s software development hubs in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area and India and new data centres.
By the end of next year, Oracle plans to open 20 more cloud “regions” - places where Oracle operates data centers so customers can safely stash data for disaster recovery or to comply with local data storage laws.
The company currently has 16 such regions, a dozen of which it opened in the past year. New locations will be built out in Chile, Japan, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates as well as elsewhere in Asia and Europe.
On 31 May, Oracle had some 136,000 full-time staff, of which 18,000 were employed in cloud services and license support operations.
Under Johnson, who joined Oracle in 2015 after seven years in Amazon’s cloud unit, Oracle has built out its second generation of cloud infrastructure after a rocky first attempt.
This time, Oracle will run its cloud software applications, which compete with SAP on the same cloud system it offers outside customers - a strategy long employed by firms such as Amazon and Google.
Johnson said: "We’re driving this very, very aggressively are very rapidly converting what’s a complex footprint to be a very simple footprint: Everything everywhere runs on our generation two cloud infrastructure.”
Oracle is also aiming for a piece of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Cloud, or JEDI, a $10 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Defense. The award of that contract was put on hold for review after Oracle expressed concerns about the process, which left Amazon and Microsoft finalists.
Johnson said the job additions were not related to the JEDI project, but added that Oracle is continuing to build out data centers for potential government customers.