Google has announced that it will open a London region of the Google Cloud Platform service in 2017.
The London location will be one of eight to come online next year as part of investment by Google to keep pace with demand as the firm reaches one billion cloud customers.
The other seven locations where the company will open data centres are Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, Finland and Frankfurt.
“We’ve recently joined the ranks of Google’s billion-user products. Google Cloud Platform now serves over one billion end users through its customers’ products and services,” said Google Cloud vice president Brian Stevens.
“To meet this growing demand, we’ve reached an exciting turning point in our geographic expansion efforts. By expanding to new regions, we deliver higher performance to customers."
Stevens cited a recent expansion in Oregon as improving latency by as much as 80 per cent for some customers, underlining the potential benefits of the new data regions.
The other advantage of a London data centre for UK customers is that their information remains in the UK for data protection requirements, especially given the uncertainty around this topic following the Brexit vote that will take the UK out of the European Union.
As well as the announcements around Google Cloud Platform, Google also said that it has created a new division for its cloud services called, unsurprisingly, Google Cloud.
This includes the Cloud Platform business and the company's “machine learning tools and APIs, enterprise maps APIs, and the Android phones, tablets and Chromebooks that access the cloud”.
Finally, Google has rebranded Google Apps for Work as G Suite, which will include major tools such as Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar and Hangouts.
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