Google cloud lands in Australia
01 Aug 2017
US tech giant Google has expanded its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to its first site in Australia. The recently opened GCP is located in Sydney, and joins other GCPs in the Asia-Pacific region such as Tokyo and Singapore.
Google’s global network connects all of its regions, with around 100 points of presence all over the world. A locally-based cloud, like the new Sydney site, allows even faster access for its users.
Angelo Joseph, Head of Customer Engineering at Google in Australia and New Zealand says in a GCP blog post that the company has thousands of local customers on its cloud platform, including Woolworths, News Corp, Fairfax and PwC. ‘Our performance testing shows 40 per cent to 90 per cent reductions in the round trip latency when serving customers in Sydney as compared to other regional options in Japan, Singapore and India.’
In a media interview, Rick Harshman, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific and Japan, Google Cloud, says that Australia is a ‘leading innovation nation’ – one of the most technologically-advanced countries in the world. ‘It’s no surprise that we are already working with companies here that are recognising the importance of this digital shift.’
GCP will be further promoted through the upcoming Google Cloud Summit, coming to Sydney in September.
Google’s GCP expansion follows an announcement in April with a consortium of ICT companies, including Singtel, Telstra and Indosat, to construct a new international subsea cable system with Alcatel Submarine Networks. Estimated at several hundred million dollars, the investment will enable the businesses to provide greater connectivity between Australia and South East Asia, with the subsea cables linking Singapore, Indonesia and Australia.
Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Alphabet’s market value reportedly reached over US$600 billion in the last fiscal quarter.