Thursday, November 23, 2017

Google cloud chief says web scaler’s data centres are good enough to beat Amazon (but only by 2022)

Google is the latest cloud giant to step into the cloud war arena following Oracle and AWS stances recently.

Diane Greene, Google’s senior vice president has told an audience that the company will be able to catch up with Amazon by 2022 the latest.

Speaking at Forbes CIO Summit, she said: “I think we have a pretty good shot at being #1 in five years. I actually think we have a huge advantage in our data centres, in our infrastructure, availability, security and how we automate things. We just have not packaged it up perfectly yet.”

Google’s Cloud Platform has today seven active regions, 20 zones and over 100 points of presence.

Each of the active regions has data centres operating. These include: four in Iowa (US), three in Saint Carolina (US), three in Belgium, three in Tokyo (Japan), three in Taiwan, two in Oregon (US) and two in Singapore.

In addition, the company has plans to open ten more regions across all regions – except Africa -, in the US, Brazil, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, India and Australia.

Further expansion is expected as the company has just acquired a piece-of-land measuring 1,200 acres which will be used for the construction of a data centre campus. However, no schedule has been set on when the works would start.

Google is also rumored to be eyeing a large data centre development in Sweden, which a power input of 100MW.

Greene said: “Google is just built for having the most technology. That is what we are good at, and that is who we have hired.”

In comparison, rival AWS operates 42 Availability Zones through 42 data centres in 16 regions including in Europe, Asia Pacific, China, South America, Canada, US East, US West and a US government – AWS GovCloud – region.

In addition, AWS is also currently setting up new data centres in Paris (France), Ningxia (China) and Stockholm (Sweden).