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Expanding our infrastructure with cloud regions around the world

December 1, 2021
Sachin Gupta

Vice President & GM, Infrastructure, Google Cloud

Businesses and organizations around the world depend on Google Cloud to help them digitally transform, innovate across their industries, and drive operational efficiencies for long-term growth. Our global network of Google Cloud Platform regions is the foundation of this capability, delivering high-performance, low latency cloud-based services to customers and their users in more than 200 countries and territories globally. 

With 29 cloud regions and 88 zones, we operate more regions with multiple availability zones than any other hyperscale cloud provider. So far in 2021, we’ve opened new regions in Warsaw (Poland), Delhi NCR (India), Melbourne (Australia), and Toronto (Canada), bringing the cleanest cloud in the industry closer to more customers across multiple continents.

Building on this momentum, today we are excited to share further updates to our expansion strategy.

Extending our Google Cloud region roadmap

Today, we’re proud to announce that our Santiago cloud region is now operational, ready to help more South American customers and partners build a digital-first future. This marks our first cloud region in Chile and second in South America, complementing São Paulo, which opened in 2017. 

The Santiago cloud region brings our high-performance, low-latency cloud services closer to customers across Latin America, from financial institutions like Caja Los Andes to health providers like Red Salud and enterprises like LATAM Airlines. Join us as we celebrate the opening of the Santiago cloud region with our customers and local Google leaders. 

Today, we are excited to share that our Google Cloud region in Israel will be located near Tel Aviv. When operational, the Tel Aviv region will enable us to meet growing demand for cloud services in Israel across industries, from retail to financial services to the public sector.

Israeli companies like BreezoMeter, Haaretz, PayBox, and Wix already run on our cloud, making it easier to operate their businesses faster, securely, and more reliably. 

"Google Cloud's global network helps Wix to achieve the best performance around the globe. For example, with Google Cloud CDN, we are able to serve tens of millions of requests per day seamlessly, while ensuring that our customers get a consistently great web experience worldwide.” – Eugene Olshenbaum, VP Technology at Wix

Recently, Google Cloud was selected by the Israeli government to provide public cloud services to all government entities from across the state, including ministries, authorities, and government-owned companies.

Our second cloud region in Germany will be located in Berlin-Brandenburg, complementing our existing cloud region in Frankfurt. Once launched, our cloud region in Berlin-Brandenburg will strengthen our safe and secure platform for customers in Germany, including both public sector organizations and businesses like BMG, helping them scale and adapt to changing requirements.

"At BMG, we’re continuously pushing digitization further to help ensure that when our artists release new music, it is promoted effectively around the world. With autoscaling via BigQuery, excellent customer support, and a clean and simple user interface, Google Cloud has been a partner to our technology team and beyond. The new Google Cloud region in Berlin-Brandenburg will further improve collaboration company-wide and make data more accessible to all teams." – Gaurav Mittal, VP IT & Systems at BMG

Saudi Arabia
Last year, we announced our plans to deploy and operate a cloud region in Saudi Arabia, while a local strategic reseller, sponsored by Aramco, will offer cloud services to businesses in the Kingdom. Today, we are announcing Dammam as the location for this cloud region. As we prepare for launch, we will start hiring out of a Riyadh-based office to support the cloud region’s deployment and operation.  

United States
Over the next year, we will add cloud regions in Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas, Texas, providing customers operating in North America with the capacity they need to run mission-critical services at the lowest possible latency. These new U.S. regions will bring our services even closer to existing customers such as J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., which is implementing Google Cloud solutions to help create the most efficient transportation network in North America.

Beyond performance and capacity

As we add regions across the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Google Cloud is committed to continuing to help build a more sustainable future and create opportunities for everyone. 

We operate the cleanest cloud in the industry. Google was the first organization of its size to become carbon neutral in 2007, and we were the first major company to match 100% of our electricity consumption with renewable energy starting in 2017 and every year since then. As we now work toward achieving carbon-free energy 24/7 by 2030, we’re proud to support our customers with cloud infrastructure and tools to reduce their environmental impact. 

In addition to decarbonizing our energy consumption around the world, we are committed to upholding human rights in every country where we operate. This includes respecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the standards established in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Global Network Initiative Principles. We’re a proud founding member of the Global Network Initiative, in which we work closely with civil society, academics, investors and industry peers to protect and advance freedom of expression and privacy globally as we deliver high-quality, relevant and useful content.

Whenever we expand operations in a new country, we undertake thorough human-rights due diligence. This often includes external human-rights assessments, which identify risks that we review carefully and decide how to address. We maintain a clear position on requests from governments for access to data. We also recently announced the Trusted Cloud Principles initiative, led by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and other technology companies, to protect the rights of customers as they move to the cloud.

From the beginning, Google’s mission has been to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Within Google Cloud, we aim to do the same for enterprise organizations, in ways that meet international and local standards. As the global landscape continues to evolve, we are committed to collaborating with human rights organizations and the broader technology industry to uphold human rights in every country where we operate. Learn more about our human rights efforts and global cloud infrastructure.

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