13 September 2022: Google will soon add Malaysia, Thailand, and New Zealand to its 34 Cloud regions available in more than 200 countries and territories. Earlier, it announced six new cities in its growing roster of regions, including Turin, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, Doha, Berlin and Dammam.
Why it’s Important
As more major Cloud service providers launch strategic Cloud regional availability, a key component in their competitive advantage is to ensure geographic redundancy to reduce the likelihood of high latency, low availability and weak data protection. Most Cloud zones, in addition, are also being transformed into independent failure domains within the region and are situated in data centres nearby to minimise service disruptions.
IBRS has also observed that more enterprises in Asia have already come a long way from their old Cloud practices by becoming more aware of the legal requirements when moving from one Cloud region to another. With the growth of more Cloud regions, this should encourage public offices to enhance policies that will improve the regulatory environment for Cloud computing. By doing so, organisations can move data across borders with ease but will still remain compliant to global standards.
However, it is not guaranteed that all services in one region by any service provider can be available to all clients. Google, for instance, offers complete products in Sydney where computing, storage and databases, and big data and machine learning are available. The other Cloud regions in Asia Pacific such as Osaka, Taiwan, Mumbai, Delhi, Jakarta, Hong Kong and Melbourne, however, do not offer Bare Metal Solutions at present. This should be a consideration among enterprise clients that need specific products to meet their operational requirements.
- Cloud infrastructure teams
- Industries that are planning to leverage Cloud computing must effectively and at scale learn to ask for examples of how different powered solutions are being justified in the cost.
- Factor in the additional costs associated with having trained staff to monitor your Cloud database, which may result in higher overheads.
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