Google ups the ante in cloud arms race with new regions

One of the regions is to be located in India comes as the national data centre market is preparing for some large foreign investment capital funds later in 2020.

Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL) has announced it will step up the deployment of new cloud regions to try and further consolidate its market share, especially in the Asia Pacific region.

On top of the recently announced regions in Jakarta, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Seoul, and Warsaw, the Alphabet cloud arm has announced it will be launching additional cloud regions in Delhi (India), Doha (Qatar), Melbourne (Australia) and Toronto (Canada).

Dave Stiver, senior product manager, GeoExpansion, at Google, said: “When launched, each region will have three zones to protect against service disruptions, launch with a portfolio of key GCP products, and offer lower latency to nearby users.

“Delhi, Melbourne and Toronto are the second regions within those markets enabling in-country disaster recovery for mission-critical applications.”


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In India specifically, a market with more than 1.2 billion people, Google added that it will “continue to advance and invest” in its cloud infrastructure to help industries such as commerce, healthcare and financial services, as well as public sector organisations across the country achieve their goals.

According to think tank Arizton, the India data centre market is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5% during the period of 2019 and 2025.

Overall investment in infrastructure is predicted to top $10 billion by mid-decade, a value that seems achievable taking into account several up and coming investments worth between $400 million and $2 billion to build out the country’s data centre capacity.

In Qatar, Google’s Stiver said the business was “pleased to announce that it has signed its first strategic collaboration agreement to launch a region in the Middle East with the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA)”.

“The region will launch in Doha, Qatar, allowing new and existing customers, as well as partners, to run their workloads locally,” he added.

“We see substantial interest from many customers in the Middle East and Africa, including Bespin Global, one of Asia’s leading cloud managed service providers.”

Google currently operates 22 cloud regions from where it powers its cloud services and apps. This includes seven in North America, eight in APAC, six in Europe and one in South America.

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