Google has announced that it’s building three new cloud regions in Malaysia, Thailand, and New Zealand. The launch of these new Google Cloud sites is a part of a wider move to expand its presence in Asia-Pacific, which will bring the total number of regions to 37 worldwide.
Google Cloud’s Asia-Pacific Vice President Karan Bajwa explained that these cloud regions come as demand for digital services keeps increasing. Specifically, cloud adoption is steadily rising across industries in these markets, especially in telecommunications, manufacturing, financial services, and retail sectors.
With the new cloud regions in Asia-Pacific, Google should be able to help support the growing need for data insights, online connectivity as well as digital transformation. At launch, the new Google Cloud regions will offer three zones to better protect customers’ data against unplanned downtime or service outages.
“The new Google Cloud regions will help to address organizations’ increasing needs in the area of digital sovereignty and enable more opportunities for digital transformation and innovation in Asia Pacific. With this announcement, Google Cloud is providing customers with more choices in accessing capabilities from local cloud regions while aiding their journeys to hybrid and multi-cloud environments,” said Daphne Chung, Research Director, Cloud Services and Software Research, IDC Asia/Pacific.
A report from Information Services Group highlighted that organizations in the Asia-Pacific region spent over 84 percent of their IT budgets on cloud services in Q3 2021. Moreover, the latest research from IDC reveals that total spending on cloud services in this region (excluding Japan) is forecast to reach almost $282 billion by 2025.
Google plans to share more details about the specific cities and timelines for the three new cloud regions in the coming months. The company has pledged to make its operations environment-friendly over the next decade. These new sites will operate on 100% renewable energy to meet this longer-term goal.