Google Cloud Platform opens in London

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Google has today expanded their Europen Google Cloud Platform in Europe, with the opening of their new London region. Users can now select London as a GCP region, enabling users to store and process data here in the UK.

This is a smartove move from Google. Apart from giving users a local option, even if it’s simply for the purpose of delivering content close to the source to reduce latency, for companies that require data sovereignty, – a legal requirement to keep the data in-country – the EU was fine, but with Brexit looming, they may require a local presence, depending on how things work out with the Brexit negotiations.

Google Cloud product manager, Dave Stiver commented,

“Incredible user experiences hinge on performant infrastructure. GCP customers throughout the British Isles and Western Europe will see significant reductions in latency when they run their workloads in the London region. In cities like London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam, our performance testing shows 40%-82% reductions in round-trip time latency when serving customers from London compared with the Belgium region.”

The London region has 3 zones and developers and network admins can distribute apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions.

Google also made a point of announcing its support for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as of last May. Since this is an EU regulation, it remains to be seen if it will continue to be relevant in Great Britain post-Brexit, but regardless, it will matter to those companies running applications and services across multiple regions.

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport commented,

Google’s decision to choose London for its latest Google Cloud Region is another vote of confidence in our world-leading digital economy and proof Britain is open for business. It’s great, but not surprising, to hear they’ve picked the UK because of the huge demand for this type of service from the nation’s firms. Earlier this week the Digital Evolution Index named us among the most innovative digital countries in the world and there has been a record £5.6bn investment in tech in London in the past six months.

With today’s announcement, GCP now has regions in London and Belgium with future ones planned for Frankfurt, the Netherlands and Finland.

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