Google is embarking on an ambitious plan to expand the footprint of its Google Cloud Platform, announcing the first two of more than 10 additional regions around the globe as the firm tries to catch up with rivals such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
The first two additional regions - US Western in Oregon and East Asia in Tokyo - are due to become operational later this year.
These expand on Google's US Eastern, US Central, Western Europe (Belgium) and East Asia (Taiwan) regions.
But this is just the start of what looks to be a major expansion for Google, as the firm will add more than 10 further regions between now and the end of 2017.
"We're opening these new regions to help Cloud Platform customers deploy services and applications nearer to their own customers, for lower latency and greater responsiveness," said Varun Sakalkar, product manager for Google Cloud Platform.
"With these new regions, even more applications become candidates to run on Cloud Platform, and get the benefits of Google-level scale and industry leading price/performance."
In particular, Microsoft and AWS have detailed plans to open their first data centres in the UK this year to service key enterprise customers such as financial services firms operating in the City of London.
Google has not disclosed where its additional Cloud Platform regions will be located, but it seems likely that Europe will get more capacity to meet growing demand in the area. It is also a strong possibility that extra European capacity will be based in the UK, but Google had not responded to queries from V3 regarding this at the time of writing.
It emerged earlier this week that Peterborough City Council in the UK has chosen Google's cloud-powered Google Apps in preference to renewing its licence for Microsoft's Office suite.
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