Google Cloud to launch new regions in Malaysia and Thailand

Karan Bajwa (Google Cloud)

Karan Bajwa (Google Cloud)

Credit: Google Cloud

Google Cloud has unveiled plans to launch new regions in Malaysia and Thailand, bolstering high-performance capabilities as the battle for cloud supremacy heats up in Southeast Asia.

Despite no specific go-live date at this stage, the move is designed to deliver enhanced cloud services to help organisations maintain low latency while strengthening security, data residency and storage levels amid a tightening of compliance standards across the region.

In addition to New Zealand — which was also announced — the three new regions will join 34 cloud regions currently in operation around the world, 11 of which are located in Asia Pacific.

Perhaps most significantly however, the roll-out will result in Google Cloud taking direct aim at industry competitors Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft who also recently strengthened commitment to ASEAN and Asia Pacific markets through similar cloud region launches.

“These new cloud regions represent our ongoing commitment to supporting digital transformation across Asia Pacific,” said Karan Bajwa, vice president of Asia Pacific at Google Cloud. “From retail and media and entertainment to financial services and public sector, leading organisations come to Google Cloud as their trusted innovation partner.

“The new Google Cloud regions in Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand will help our customers continue to enable growth and solve their most critical business problems. We will work with our customers to ensure the cloud region fits their evolving needs.”

Seal of approval in Malaysia and Thailand

From a market perspective, the launch has the backing of key Google Cloud customers in Malaysia, such as AirAsia and Media Prima.

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