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Google today announced the opening of a new Melbourne region here in Australia. This joins the Sydney region that opened in 2017 and becomes the 27th Google Cloud region globally.

The Melbourne region is connected via Google's high-performance global network delivering low latency and high performance of cloud-based workloads.

Google Cloud delivers almost $3.2 billion in annual gross benefits to businesses and consumers in Australia, including $686 million to customers and $698 million to Google partners.

The benefits of a second Google Cloud region in Australia include improved business continuity planning with distributed and secure infrastructure needed to meet disaster recovery requirements, all while maintaining data sovereignty on-shore.

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Matt Zwolenski, director of cloud customer engineering, Australia & New Zealand, Google, said, “Even pre-pandemic, the adoption of cloud services was on the rise as organisations looked to drive digital transformation for business resilience and innovation. The impact of COVID-19 has only served to accelerate this momentum. As we continue to support the digital future of businesses, we are launching our second Australian Cloud region in Melbourne, Victoria.”

"The Melbourne Cloud region represents one part of our continued expansion in cloud infrastructure to support Australia’s digital future, and is a strong reflection of our commitment to enabling our Cloud customers and partners to continue growing, innovating, and driving digital transformation forward in the region,” Zwolenski said.

The new Melbourne region opens with three availability zones to protect against service disruptions with key products including Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery. Google states it is the first hyperscaler to provide this capability in Melbourne today.

Google also continues to invest in expanding connectivity across Australia and New Zealand by working with partners to establish subsea cables and points of presence in major cities.

Guy Danskine, managing director, Equinix Australia, said “The arrival of Google’s Melbourne Cloud Region is another important validation of Victoria’s capital as a strategically important destination for cloud investments that will help enterprises and government organisations access critical digital infrastructure and accelerate transformation initiatives. Having access to another major hyperscale cloud service provider directly in Melbourne will appeal to organisations looking to migrate to a hybrid and multicloud strategy but with the freedom to securely deploy, run and manage their data and applications in as close proximity as possible.”

 


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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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