Google has launched a second cloud region in Japan with three zones, offering a range of core products including Cloud Spanner, Big Query, and Google Kubernetes Engine. Located in Osaka, the latest region is the company's seventh in the Asia-Pacific and 20th worldwide. The new region is also part of Google's $47 billion investment over the past three years to build up its cloud infrastructure.
The Japan cloud region currently supports a clientele that includes Asahi Group, Yamaha, Sharp, and Mercari, said Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian in a post announcing the launch. He said the adoption of Google's technology among companies in the retail, games, financial services, and manufacturing sectors has grown since it opened its first Japan cloud region in Tokyo in 2016.
With the addition of the second Google Cloud Platform, Kurian said its customers in the country will be able to enjoy lower latency and higher system availability. They will also have access to the vendor's recently launched multi-cloud application management platform, Anthos, he added.
NTT Communications, Softbank, NEC, and Digital Advertising Consortium are all part of Google's partner community in Japan.
According to Kurian, Google is looking to add new Asian cloud regions in Seoul and Jakarta in the first half of next year.
The US tech giant is not the only cloud player ramping up its cloud footprint in the Asia-Pacific, with competitors such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Huawei having also made moves to expand their coverage across the region.
AWS last month unveiled plans to open a cloud region in Jakarta by early-2022, which would encompass the creation of three availability zones as well as the cloud vendor's ninth such facility in the Asia-Pacific region. AWS has already opened facilities in Singapore, Beijing, Sydney, and Mumbai. The Indonesian site would push AWS's global network of regions up to 25, with another new region slated to open soon in Hong Kong.
Huawei in February opened a cloud region in Singapore with plans to develop the site into "one of its largest" outside of its domestic Chinese market. The vendor said the Singaporean facility is suited up with artificial intelligence capabilities aimed at helping startups and key vertical industries in the Asia-Pacific, where it currently operates cloud regions in Hong Kong and Thailand, amongst other countries. Worldwide, Huawei has 40 availability zones across 23 regions.
A year after opening Google Cloud Platform Singapore region with two zones, the tech vendor has added a third zone and introduced new services including Cloud Spanner and Managed Instance Groups.
Internet giant unveils a physical space, occupying 7,200 square feet within its Singapore office, that it says offers various resources for developers from Southeast Asia, including hands-on mentorship, networking opportunities, and access to Google technologies.
Chinese tech giant has opened a cloud and artificial intelligence innovation lab in Singapore with resources to help universities and enterprises drive research in these technologies as well as inked agreements with various companies to jointly develop such applications in Asia-Pacific.
With cloud market players Alibaba and Google ramping up their regional data centre footprint, Amazon Web Services is relying on the "breadth and depth" of its service offerings and platform maturity to maintain its competitive edge.
Chinese tech giant launches new cloud region in Singapore, where it says it is looking to develop into one of its largest outside China and will deliver artificial intelligence capabilities.