It's take a while but Google has finally flicked the switch and turned on local infrastructure. With many businesses either obligated or preferring to keep their data onshore, this is good news. But I wonder if they've given Microsoft and AWS too much of head-start when it comes to on-shore cloud infrastructure access.
According to Google, the new data centre means Australians will enjoy far greater performance when their data is housed on shore. They're claiming 80% to 95% reductions in round-trip time (RTT) latency for users in the ANZ region.
While this is good news, it is important to note not all Google services are enabled locally yet.
For example, while Compute Engine and Container Engine are available from Sydney, App Angine and Cloud Functions aren't yet. You can get a full run down of what's available from the Sydney data centre from Google Cloud Platform page.