Google opens the first cloud region in Africa, after AWS and Microsoft

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Google intends to establish a Google Cloud region in South Africa, following in the footsteps of competitors who already opened cloud regions in the country about two years ago.

The tech giant said South Africa will join Google Cloud’s global network of 35 cloud regions and 106 zones globally, but gave no indication of when it will become. operational.

He hopes the future cloud region will bring Google Cloud services closer to his local customers, he said, helping them innovate and securely deliver faster, more reliable experiences to their own customers.

Cloud investment in South Africa will contribute more than $2.1 billion to the country’s GDP and support the creation of more than 40,000 jobs by 2030, according to research by AlphaBeta Economics for Google Cloud.

Additionally, the tech giant is also extending its network through the Equiano submarine cable and building dedicated cloud interconnection sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos and Nairobi.

“We are excited to announce the first Google Cloud region in Africa. The new region will enable the localization of applications and services,” said Niral Patel, Director of Google Cloud Africa.

“It will be easier for our customers and partners to rapidly deploy solutions for their businesses, through which they can leverage our artificial intelligence or machine learning and data analytics capabilities to make smarter business decisions. as they progress.

Google made a slower entry into the region compared to its two main cloud platform competitors. Microsoft, for example, opened two new cloud regions in Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa in 2019.

This was the company’s first enterprise-grade data center launch in Africa, and it claimed to be the first global provider to deliver cloud services from data centers on the continent.

Additionally, AWS opened a new region in Cape Town in 2020, taking just over a year to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps. The company said the new region will help organizations deliver low-latency services to their end users across the continent and enable more organizations to use the AWS cloud. This was the 23rd AWS Region, and the first in Africa, comprising three Availability Zones.

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