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​Google Cloud Platform adds regions, aims to close global cloud computing gap

Google is ramping the rollout of regions as it aims to court more enterprise customers. Google Cloud Platform announced two new regions and plans for 10 more.
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Written by Larry Dignan, Contributing Editor on

Google Cloud Platform has added two new regions and has 10 more planned as it moves to catch up in the infrastructure as a service game.

The company, which is kicking off its conference in San Francisco, said it will expand with a U.S. Western region in Oregon and an East Asia version in Tokyo. There are 10 more regions coming online through 2017.

Google's expansion of its cloud operations as the company is more aggressively going after enterprise customers and Amazon Web Services, which dominates infrastructure as a service along with Microsoft Azure. On Monday, Google noted that its Node.js on Google App Engine was out of beta.

For comparison, Microsoft Azure is available in 22 regions and has plans for 8 more. AWS has 12 regions with 5 more planned and operates 33 availability zones. IBM's SoftLayer has 28 cloud data centers.

Now Google Cloud Platform chief Diane Greene is reportedly ramping the unit's sales efforts. Bloomberg noted that Google has doubled its enterprise cloud sales team to nearly 50 people in the West. Google's cloud unit is also working more closely with partners, vendors and customers.

With the launch of new regions, Google Cloud Platform is checking off core requirements for high available computing. What remains to be seen is how Google Cloud Platform can close the feature--as well as sales--gap with Amazon Web Services.

Here's the list of Google Cloud Platform Compute Engine regions and zones today.

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And AWS.

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Followed by IBM.

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Microsoft didn't have a handy map of its regions around the world.

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