It’s been a busy 12 months of expansion for the large cloud providers, with AWS, Azure and Google aggressively increasing their knowledge middle presence around the globe. To cap off the 12 months, Google Cloud immediately announced a brand new set of cloud areas, which is able to go stay within the coming months and years. These new areas, which is able to all have three availability zones, shall be in Chile, Germany and Saudi Arabia. That’s on high of the areas in Indonesia, South Korea, the U.S. (Final Vegas and Salt Lake Metropolis) that went stay this 12 months — and the upcoming areas in France, Italy, Qatar and Spain the corporate additionally introduced over the course of the final twelve months.
In whole, Google at present operates 24 areas with 73 availability zones, not counting these it has introduced however that aren’t stay but. Whereas Microsoft Azure is properly forward of the competitors by way of the overall variety of areas (although some nonetheless lack availability zones), Google is now beginning to pull even with AWS, which at present affords 24 areas with a complete of 77 availability zones. Certainly, with its 12 introduced areas, Google Cloud may very well quickly pull forward of AWS, which is at present engaged on six new areas.
The battleground might quickly shift away from these giant knowledge facilities, although, with a brand new deal with edge zones near city facilities which are smaller than the full-blown knowledge facilities the massive clouds at present function however that permit companies to host their providers even nearer to their prospects.
All of it is a clear signal of how a lot Google has invested in its cloud technique lately. For the longest time, in any case, Google Cloud Platform lagged properly behind its opponents. Solely three years in the past, Google Cloud provided solely 13 areas, for instance. And that’s on high of the corporate’s heavy funding in submarine cables and edge places.