Google Cloud Platform expands reach with new US and Asian regions

Google Cloud Platform expands reach with new US and Asian regions

Google has announced plans to expand the reach of its Cloud Platform globally after adding new regions in Japan and the US.

Both of the new locations will go live later this year, Google said, as it looks to expand its cloud data centre reach globally.

The Tokyo region doubles its Asian presence, with expansion plans including rolling out the service to Singapore, Sydney and Mumbai in 2017, reports claim.

Overall, it unveiled plans to add 10 more regions next year to its six existing locations, which include Eastern US, Central US, East Asia and Western Europe.

In a blog post, GCP product manager Varun Sakalkar explained: “We’re opening these new regions to help Cloud Platform customers deploy services and applications nearer to their own customers, for lower latency and greater responsiveness.”

It is the latest example of an American internet giant expanding its reach, after Amazon announced plans to expand its Web Services (AWS) division by opening centres in Montreal, Ohio, India, China and the UK. It currently has 12 regions available.

Microsoft Azure has 22 regions available, with plans to open eight more, while SoftLayer (IBM) has 28 cloud data centres globally.

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