Google is all set to expand its global data center footprint. At Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco, Google said that it is bringing two brand new data centers online in the 2020 time frame. The new Google Cloud regions are in Seoul, South Korea and Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. With the latest additions to the infrastructure, the total number of global regions will go up to 23 in 2020.
The Seoul region will be available for use in early 2020, followed by the Salt Lake City region shortly thereafter. According to Google, each new cloud region is designed for high availability with three zones from the start.
Google invested $47 billion between 2016 and 2018 to fund its cloud infrastructure expansion. The tech giant has so far expanded to 15 regions and 45 zones in three years and the company has presence in 13 countries. The addition of Salt Lake City facility will bring the total Google Cloud regions within the continental United States to six. Google believes that the new facility will enable customers in the Silicon Slopes area to easily run low-latency, hybrid cloud workloads.
Welcoming Google’s expansion in the region, Dan Tournian, PayPal’s Vice President of Employee Technology & Experiences and Data Centers said, “Google Cloud's expanding infrastructure in Salt Lake City is a welcome development as our growing business continues to scale to meet the needs of over 250 million customers. This new region will enable enhanced availability and performance for our customers, when every millisecond counts.”
Seoul will be Google Cloud’s eighth region in Asia Pacific. Google is confident that the expansion in Seoul will help better serve both local customers looking to expand globally and multinational customers doing business in South Korea.
Google also informed that the Osaka, Japan region would open to customers in the coming weeks. The Jakarta, Indonesia region is expected to launch in the first half of 2020.