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Hallo Germany! Berlin-Brandenburg Google Cloud region is now open

August 22, 2023
Bernie Wagner

Managing Director, Germany, Google Cloud

The Google Cloud region in Berlin-Brandenburg is now ready for customer use, our second region in Germany, and our 12th in Europe. The Berlin-Brandenburg region serves Google Cloud customers with local cloud capacity to scale their workloads and satisfy important in-country disaster recovery requirements — and it is part of our plan to invest 1 billion euros in Germany’s digital infrastructure and clean energy between 2021 and 2030

“The opening of the Berlin-Brandenburg region is great news for our joint solution with Google, as well as for Europe’s digital sovereignty. Our unique proposition brings together European values for data and the innovative potential of Google’s global network – and is growing it with a new cloud region.” - Adel Al-Saleh, Member of the Deutsche Telekom AG Board of Management and CEO T-Systems

“Berlin is a successful enterprise and technology hub with a strong reputation beyond its borders. Our capital city is at the cutting edge, especially in artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and 3D printing. We are going to continue to promote this development. The Berlin-Brandenburg Cloud Region is a huge opportunity for our metropolitan region. The new possibilities the Google Cloud Region brings will make Berlin-Brandenburg even more attractive as a place to do business for many different sectors. The region offers ideal conditions for companies establishing new locations, for new start-ups and for the creation of new jobs and traineeships.” - Kai Wegner, Governing Mayor of Berlin.

German businesses welcome a new region

The new Berlin-Brandenburg region becomes available at a time when German organizations of all sizes are eager to accelerate their cloud adoption, with access to additional capacity close to their customers, and to satisfy regulators’ requirements and ensure in-country business continuity for critical workloads.

We are committed to making Google Cloud the best place for European companies to digitally transform on their terms, providing low-carbon options for customers to run their applications and infrastructure. In 2021, we announced a first-of-its-kind agreement with ENGIE to purchase clean energy to power our operations in Germany, in line with our ambitious 2030 goal to operate on carbon-free energy 24/7 everywhere we operate worldwide. By working with our energy suppliers to transform how clean energy is delivered to customers, Google is supporting the broader decarbonization of the German electricity grid.

"To create a powerful and reliable ecosystem of innovative GovTech solutions while accelerating the procurement processes of the public sector — that is our goal with GovMarket. In doing so, we set new standards for digital collaboration between private enterprises and public administrations. The new Google Cloud region in Berlin-Brandenburg is an essential component of our work. The joint sovereignty offering from Google and T-Systems leverages the scalability and innovative potential of the cloud, while committing to comply with European data protection regulations. Through our collaboration, we contribute to enhancing the government's future in the technology sector, ensuring security and sustainability, and jointly establishing new benchmarks for digital cooperation between providers and public administrations." - Jana Janze, Managing Director, GovMarket

“With our multi-cloud strategy, we at Deutsche Börse Group are setting new standards for cloud innovation within the financial services industry. With Google Cloud as our preferred partner, the availability of the new Google Cloud region in Berlin-Brandenburg together with the existing region in Frankfurt allows us to use two fully resilient and locally accessible cloud regions with the highest German security standards for our services.” - Hinrich Völcker, Chief Security Officer, Deutsche Börse AG 

“Millions of people shop every day in REWE stores and Online at REWE Group using innovative services and technologies. With our multi-cloud strategy, we at REWE Digital are setting new standards to revolutionize digital food retail. The availability of the new Google Cloud region Berlin-Brandenburg together with the existing cloud region in Frankfurt allows us to leverage two fully resilient cloud regions with the highest German security standards for our services.” - Robert Zores, Chief Digital Innovation Officer, REWE digital

"Scalability and fast performance are mission-critical for running a successful retail business. As the leading commerce platform, we aim to prioritize seamless shopping experiences during peak sales moments, as well as supporting the international ambitions of our millions of merchants while optimizing for local data hosting. The new Google Cloud region in Berlin-Brandenburg empowers us to raise the bar for performance, scale and reliability, delivering an exceptional customer experience that enables our merchants to thrive." - Birk Angermann, Head of Revenue, EMEA, Shopify

“In our strategic partnership with Google Cloud, we develop AI-based decision-support tools for the Lufthansa Group airlines, and by this achieve a more sustainable and resilient airline operation. The new Berlin-Brandenburg cloud region underscores Google's commitment to technology in Germany, emphasizing geo-redundancy and superior data protection. We welcome the potential this region holds for us as a partner and Germany as a business location.” - Christian Most, Senior Director Digital Operations Optimization, Lufthansa Group

Serving Germany and Europe

The new Berlin-Brandenburg region is now part of Google Cloud’s global network of 38 regions and 115 zones that bring cloud services to over 200 countries and territories worldwide. The new region brings high-performance, low-latency services and products to customers of all sizes, from public sector organizations, to small, medium and large enterprises and startups in Germany and the European Union. Organizations in the region will also benefit from key controls that allow them to maintain high security, data residency, and compliance standards, including specific data storage requirements.

Like all Google Cloud regions, the Berlin-Brandenburg region is connected to Google’s secure network infrastructure, comprising a system of high-capacity fiber optic cables under land and sea around the world. The new region will bring high-performance, low-latency services and products to organizations across Germany.

For help migrating to Google Cloud, please contact our local partners. For additional details on Google Cloud regions, visit our locations page, where you’ll find updates on the availability of additional services and regions. You can always contact us to help you get started or access our many educational resources. We’re excited to see what you build next with Google Cloud.

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