Technology and search engine giant Google is set to open a new Cloud Region in financial capital Mumbai, which the it claimed that will help the tech giant offer its cloud platform services to developers and enterprise customers in the coountry.
The new Google Cloud Platform (GCP), as per media reports, is expected to be live in 2017.
The local region in the country will help make Google cloud platform services even faster for Indian customers, Google said in a statement.
Not only do applications running on GCP benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure, but they also run on the latest and greatest compute platforms.
The announcement to set up the new Cloud Region was made at the Horizon event in San Francisco. However, the company did not disclose any financial details. The business-to-business (B2B) based Cloud services have also been re-branded as Google Cloud.
Google Cloud with more than one billion end-users, has gained significant traction in India and across the world. Its global customers include Snap Inc (formerly SnapChat), Niantic Labs (Pokemon Go), Telus International, and Evernote, among others.
“In India too, we have seen great customer momentum with thousands of customers, including major brands like Wipro, Ashok Leyland, Smartshift by Mahindra & Mahindra, Dainik Bhaskar Group and INshorts.com, building on GCP,” Google said.
The move is expected to help the American company catch up with bigger rivals Microsoft and Amazon Web Services in the cloud marketplace in the country.
Setting up of a local data centre within India will also help the company cater to a larger number of customers, especially in government or financial services sectors that often have regulations that do not permit data to be transmitted outside the country.
Brian Stevens, vice-president of Google Cloud said Google would be able to deliver better performance to customers by expanding to new regions.
“In fact, our recent expansion in Oregon resulted in up to 80 per cent improvement in latency for customers. We look forward to welcoming customers to our new Cloud Regions as they become publicly available throughout 2017,” Stevens added.
The company has announced locations of seven new Google Cloud Regions — Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, Sao Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt — that will come online through 2017, like the one in Mumbai.