Google has now cloud data centres in all global regions apart from Africa
Whilst new regions are brought online, Google suffers one of its largest disruptions in recent times with Search, Drive, Gmail, Maps and YouTube going down.
Google has launched online two more cloud regions with the opening of data centres in Frankfurt, Germany, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, its first region in South America.
With the opening of the Brazilian region, the company has narrowed down its geographic coverage gaps, with only the African continent missing out on a Google Cloud region.
Each region adds to the company’s data centre portfolio three hubs, bringing the total amount across 12 regions to 36 data centres, or zones as the internet search company calls it.
Frankfurt is Google’s first region in Germany, and the third in Europe after Brussels and London. Finland and the Netherlands are also set to added to the map fairly soon.
In a blog post the company said: “The new German region, europe-west3, joins europe-west1 in Belgium, offering another location in continental Europe and making it easier to build highly available, performant applications using resources across both regions.
“Hosting applications in europe-west3 can improve latency by up to 50% for end users in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and eastern Europe, compared to hosting them in Belgium. European companies east of Frankfurt should see better app performance when using the German region.”
As for the Sao Paulo region, ‘southamerica-east1’, this is expected to have similar effect in both Brazil and neighbouring countries including Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Bolivia.
However, whilst most Google Cloud regions are announced through a blog entry on the company’s blog or through a launch event as the one hosted in London for the London region, the Sao Paulo region was brought online without any warning.
And while Google was adding new cloud regions to its global platform, its Search, Drive, Gmail, Maps and YouTube websites seem to have gone down in a number of countries worldwide, as shown in the G Suite Status Dashboard throughout September 12.
Google said later in the day that it had resolved the issue which hit the web on the same day – and nearly at the same time – as the Apple’s launch of its three new iPhone lines, including iPhone X.