In less than a week, when Google announced its plan to launch its first Google Cloud Platform Region in India at Google Cloud Summit, the company’s cloud region has gone live today in Mumbai.
India region has joined the four other countries in Asia-Pacific. Before this launch, Google Cloud’s customers in India used Singapore or Taiwan region, which along with Tokyo and Sydney, were the four cloud regions in Asia-Pacific.
“The new region will help customers build applications and store their data, and significantly improve latency for customers and end users in the area,” said Dave Stiver, Product Manager, Google Cloud Platform.
He added that hosting applications in the new region can improve latency from 20-90 per cent for end users in Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Mumbai, compared to hosting them in the other closest region, Singapore.
During Google Cloud Summit, Mohit Pande, country manager — India for Google Cloud had told that the local cloud region (Google prefers the term over “datacenter”) will spur growth of partners in India and customer adoption.
Though a lot comer in the cloud market in India, Google is betting on its managed services offering to act as one of its key differentiators in the country.
“Cloud, plus machine learning and artificial intelligence, is also bringing unprecedented innovation, and it is available to anyone, from startups to large enterprises. We’re basically democratizing machine learning and AI,” said Pande.
Google also aims to work with with the government in various projects, including banking, finance and similar domains.
“A lot of government projects and certain regulated sectors require cloud service providers to keep data from going out of the country. We’ll see an uptake in customers across the board, including these specific areas, as well as build up a spectrum of partners,” Pande told media in an earlier interaction.