Google Cloud broadens its global reach with three new regions

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Google Cloud adds three new cloud data centers in Chili, Saudi Arabia and Germany to serve local businesses with low latency applications. (Getty Images)

Google Cloud announced on Monday that it's opening the doors on three new cloud regions in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Chile.

With the latest additions, Google Cloud now has 24 regions and 73 zones in 17 countries in order to enable low-latency services and applications. When launched, each region will have three zones to protect against service disruptions. The regions will also include the suite of Google Cloud products while also offering lower latency services to in-country users and to a globally connected network of regions for multinational enterprises. 

Due in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, hyperscale cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, continued to add more data centers in their cloud regions this year to keep up with the almost insatiable demand for moving workloads and applications into hybrid cloud as part of businesses' digital transformations.

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Having globally dispersed cloud regions also enables the cloud providers to stay in compliance with sovereignty and privacy laws in each country that they serve. According to Google Cloud's Monday post, the diverse data centers and cloud regions also offer each country unique characteristics.

In Saudi Arabia, Google Cloud is working with Saudi Aramco Development Co, which is a subsidiary of Aramco, to offer customers cloud services in that country. Two years ago, Google announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Aramco to jointly explore establishing cloud services in the region.

Building on that MOU, Google inked an agreement earlier this month to deploy and operate a cloud region in Saudi Arabia. As part of that agreement, a local strategic reseller, sponsored by Aramco, will offer cloud services to customers with a focus on businesses in Saudi Arabia.

In Germany, Google Cloud will launch its second cloud region to complement its existing region in Frankfurt to serve customers such as Deutsche Börse, which is one of the world’s largest exchange organizations, and German wholesaler METRO.

RELATED: Google Cloud expands global footprint with four new regions

This year, Google Cloud has launched four new cloud regions: Jakarta, Indonesia, Las Vegas, Nevada, Salt Lake City,  Utah, and Seoul, South Korea. Google is targeting additional cloud regions in Doha, Qatar, Madrid, Spain, Milan, Italy, and Paris, France.

RELATED: Hyperscale operator capex reaches record in Q3

According to research released on Monday by Synergy Research Group, the top-four hyperscale spenders in the first three quarters of this year were Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Hyperscale operator capex topped $37 billion in Q3, which easily set a new quarterly record for spending, according to Synergy Research Group (SRG). Total spending for the first three quarters of this year reached $99 billion, which marked a 16% increase over the same quarters last year.

Synergy Research Group's latest data found that cloud service provider capex that was targeted at data centers in the first three quarters increased by 18% compared to 2019.