Google Cloud Announces Upcoming Regions In Malaysia, Thailand And New Zealand – TechCrunch

Fresh out of an expansion into Mexico, Google today announced the launch of new Google Cloud regions focused in Asia-Pacific (APAC), specifically Malaysia, Thailand, and New Zealand. When they go live, they will bring Google’s total number of cloud regions to 34, less than Azure’s more than 60, but more than AWS’s 26.

In the context of cloud computing, a region is a specific geographic location where users can deploy cloud resources. At a minimum, all Google Cloud regions offer services such as Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Storage, Persistent Disk, CloudSQL, Virtual Private Cloud, Key Management System, Cloud Identity, and Secret Manager. Additional products typically go live within six months of a new region’s launch.

In a blog post, Google cites data from IDC predicting that total spending on cloud services in the APAC region (excluding Japan) will reach $282 billion by 2025. Other research agrees. According to a 2021 survey by Information Services Group, cloud services accounted for more than 84% of IT and business services spending in APAC in Q3 2021 – by far the highest percentage of any region.

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AWS is also considering the opportunity, having recently outlined a two-year plan to implement cloud zones in Auckland, Manila, Bangkok and elsewhere in APAC. Google Cloud’s move would appear to be a shot across the bow.

“The new Google Cloud regions will help meet organizations’ growing needs for digital sovereignty and enable more opportunities for digital transformation and innovation in the APAC region,” said Daphne Chung of Google Cloud. said in a statement. “With this announcement, Google Cloud is giving customers more choices for accessing features in on-premises cloud regions while easing their journey to hybrid and multicloud environments. »

Google Cloud’s continued growth comes as it battles for dominance in the ultra-competitive — and potentially lucrative — cloud computing market. Flexera’s latest State of the Cloud report google cloud lags AWS and Azure by several percentage points in usage and adoption. But on the other hand, Google Cloud topped $6 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time in Q2 2022 Signaling Resilience.

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