Google’s first cloud region in Africa becomes operational
- Google's South Africa cloud region is now operational, allowing businesses to deploy cloud resources closer to customers and access services such as cloud storage and compute engines.
- The Johannesburg region will provide the necessary resources for businesses to scale, innovate, and compete globally.
- Google plans to build Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Nairobi, Lagos, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, offering comprehensive cloud capabilities. These sites will be powered by the Equiano subsea cable connecting Africa and Europe.
Google has announced that its cloud region in South Africa is operational, a year after the company selected Johannesburg as its first site in Africa. Cloud regions enable users to deploy cloud resources from specific geographic locations or closer to customers, providing access to services such as cloud storage, compute engines, and key management systems.
The Johannesburg region will be crucial in providing businesses with the resources they need to scale, innovate, and compete globally. Google plans to build Dedicated Cloud Interconnect sites in Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria), and South Africa (Cape Town and Johannesburg).
These sites are designed to link users' on-premises networks with Google's infrastructure, offering comprehensive cloud capabilities. Google will leverage its recently completed private subsea cable, Equiano, connecting Africa and Europe, to power these sites.
Google, with its global network comprising 40 cloud regions and 106 zones worldwide, joins other major cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Oracle, all of which have cloud regions in South Africa. The capability for users to select where their data is stored becomes increasingly important, especially as countries like Kenya implement privacy and data laws requiring companies to process and store data collected within their borders using locally hosted servers. According to research by AlphaBeta Economics commissioned by Google Cloud, the South African cloud region is projected to contribute over $2.1 billion to the country's GDP and support the creation of more than 40,000 jobs by 2030. This emphasizes the economic impact and potential job creation associated with the establishment of cloud infrastructure in the region.