Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Google Cloud Expands Down Under

Google Cloud Expands Down Under

Google has launched its new cloud region in Sydney, nine months after announcing plans to host infrastructure in Australia.

For Go-Jek, the key was the lower response time and the scalability promised by Google Cloud.

The introduction of GCP in Sydney will allow developers to access data and applications, with Google advising that "GCP customers Down Under will see significant reductions in latency when they run their applications in Sydney".

The expansion is part of Google's move to spread out the reach of its cloud infrastructure to better compete with Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and other cloud providers.

The tech giant will offer three availability zones for the platform in Sydney starting today. Named "asia-southeast1", the region, located in Singapore, has been established in a bid to improve latency for both GCP customers and end users in or near Singapore.

What Google will want more of are traditional large enterprises, not just native Internet companies that understand the power of the cloud, to jump onboard.

"What we saw typically with customers is that they would be leveraging either the Taiwan region from a performance perspective or the USA depending on the workload or use case", he said. Later this year, Google is expected to open another region in Mumbai.

PwC Australia's backing of the local arrival of Google cloud platform points to a potential expansion of the public cloud services used in its "cloud-only" IT infrastructure.

PwC CIO Hilda Clune told CIO Australia in April that the company has a strategy specifically for core apps that is all about software-as-a-service first.

For users in Australia and New Zealand, the performance benefits are profound.

"We've enjoyed a strong partnership with Service NSW for the last three years and much of our joint technology development is delivered through citizen-facing services such as self-service kiosks as an example", he said.

Already, the company has appointed former AWS Asia Pacific head of training and certification, Ash Willis, as its new head of cloud partners and alliances for Asia Pacific and Japan.

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