Google Announces New Cloud Regions, Dual Run Mainframe Migration Service

Cloud Computing

Google has announced plans to bring its physical cloud infrastructure to more customers worldwide. Indeed, the company is opening Google Cloud regions in five new countries, including Austria, Greece, Norway, South Africa, and Sweden.

Back in August, Google unveiled that it’s adding new cloud regions in New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand, and Mexico. This latest announcement will bring the total number of live and pending regions to 49. Google believes that the new cloud regions will help organizations to ensure data sovereignty. The initiative will also boost the local economy, create new job markers, and support digital transformation in these countries.

“These cloud regions help bring innovations from across Google closer to our customers around the globe, and provide a platform that enables organizations to transform the way they do business,” said Sachin Gupta, Vice President and GM, Infrastructure.

Google’s Dual Run service eases mainframe migration to the cloud

Google has also announced a “Dual Run” service that should make it easier for organizations to migrate their data to the cloud. It lets customers run workloads simultaneously on existing mainframe systems and Google Cloud. The new service is built on top of the technology developed by a popular Spanish bank, Banco Santander.

Google highlights that the Dual Run service could be handy for mainframe modernization projects in financial services, retail, healthcare, and other industries. It helps companies to move their data to the cloud without disrupting business operations.

“Dual Run for Google Cloud introduces a set of new capabilities that eliminate the most common risks and concerns associated with mainframe modernization projects, unblocking the path for global businesses and public sector organizations to run their most critical workloads and applications in a modern, highly performant, and more secure cloud environment,” Google explained.

Google notes that its Dual Run service is currently available in public preview, and interested customers can contact their Cloud account representative for more details. In case you missed it. Google has also announced some new security tools for Google Cloud customers, and we invite you to check out our previous post for more details.