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Google to open new cloud region in Australia tomorrow

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Google is launching a new cloud region in Melbourne, Australia, tomorrow (29 July).

First announced last year, Melbourne will be the company’s second region in Australia, having opened its first cloud region in the country in Sydney in 2017.

“The new region provides businesses with an opportunity to accelerate operations, improve digital resource availability and provide better user experiences than ever before,” said Google.

Local customers of the new cloud region will include Australia Post, Adelaide Bank and Optus.

The launch comes after Google Cloud (which includes Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace) posted its second quarter results this week.

It shrank its losses to $591 million from the $1.4 billion it lost in Q2 last year.

The continuing losses are mainly down to Google spending big on expanding its global cloud services footprint through new data centres - like in Melbourne - and additional connectivity links.

Google Cloud’s quarterly revenue increased 54% to $4.6 billion.

At the same as Google, Microsoft posted its fourth quarter results, and said its Intelligent Cloud segment generated $17.4 billion in sales, which was an increase of 30%.

Of this, server products and cloud services revenue increased 34% - driven by Azure revenue growth of 51%.