30 November 2017
| Natalie Bannerman
Google has announced that it will open a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Hong Kong in 2018.
This will mark
Google’s sixth region in the Asia-Pacific area
following; Mumbai, Sydney, Singapore, Taiwan and Tokyo.
Although further investments in the region are expected in the
Commenting on the news, Nicholas Yang, secretary for
innovation & technology, HKSAR government, said: "A solid
cloud infrastructure is the foundation for building a smart
city and helping businesses succeed in the digital economy. We
are glad that Google is launching the Hong Kong cloud region, a
recognition of Hong Kong's edge and strengths as a data hub.
This means businesses in Hong Kong, whether big or small, can
leverage the latest, well-established technology infrastructure
to expand and succeed in the region and globally."
In the Google blog post announcing the news, Rick Harshman,
managing director of Google Cloud, Asia-Pacific says that the
decision to open the next GCP in Hong Kong will enable
customers in Hong Kong to benefit from "low latency and high
performance of their cloud-based workloads and data" adding
that the region is also designed for "high availability,
launching with three zones to protect against service
He goes to add that the GCP in the region aligns itself with
Google’s commitment to boost Hong
Kong’s digital economy and smart city efforts.
Hong Kong has just started its smart city plans and Google
hopes that its GCP will allow companies to build "highly
available and performant applications."
The plan to build a data centre in Hong Kong is one that has
been ongoing since 2011 when a to be located in the Tseung Kwan
O industrial Estate in Kowloon, was due to go live in 2013 but
never came to fruition.
Most recently, Google and other leading internet companies
such as Amazon, Facebook, and Netflix, are
appealing against Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
chairman Ajit Pai and his intentions to repeal the
controversial net neutrality rules. According to a statement
and draft 'Restoring Internet Freedom Order’, with
many expecting a 3-2 vote along party lines,
the FCC is due to vote on the proposal 14 December.
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