Google is expanding the footprint of its public cloud service. The company is gearing up to launch a point of presence for its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) in Sydney, its first one in Australia. While GCP is already accessible globally, the point of presence will bring lower latency to local customers. Here's what you need to know.
The GCP launched in 2011 as a competitor of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.The public cloud platform is used internally to power a number of Google services, including Gmail, Google Search and YouTube.
Since its launch, GCP has garnered over one billion users worldwide. To support growing demands, Google has announced that it will open up eight new Google Cloud Regions with points of presence to be located in Sydney (Australia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Frankfurt (Germany), Mumbai (India), Singapore, London (UK), Hamina (Finland) and Northern Virginia (United States).
The regions will come online throughout 2017 although Google has been reticent about the exact timeframe. We also don't know exactly what GCP offerings will be available in each region.
We'll be keeping an eye out for updates about the GCP expansion.
If you’d like early access to the new GCP new regions, you can register your interest here.