Google Cloud said that in addition to New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand will be joining 34 cloud regions that are now operational around the world. Of this, 11 of which are situated in Asia Pacific, according to the company.
The launching of new regions in Malaysia and Thailand is being planned by Google Cloud in order to increase its high-performance capabilities and to give improved cloud services to support organizations maintain low latency while bolstering security, data residency, and storage levels despite tightening compliance rules throughout the area, however there is no precise go-live date at this time.
“These new cloud regions represent our ongoing commitment to supporting digital transformation across Asia Pacific… The new Google Cloud regions in Malaysia, Thailand and New Zealand will help our customers continue to enable growth and solve their most critical business problems. We will work with our customers to ensure the cloud region fits their evolving needs.” said Karan Bajwa, Vice President of Google Cloud Asia Pacific.
Consequently, from a market standpoint, the launch enjoys the support of significant Google Cloud clients in Malaysia, including AirAsia and Media Prima.
The establishment of new cloud regions in Malaysia and Thailand, according to Tony Fernandes, CEO of Capital A, emphasizes the vendor’s continuous desire to increase regional capabilities to support and complement the development of the airasia Super App, which is at the center of a growing e-commerce, logistics, and finance ecosystem.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this massive milestone and the new possibilities that Google Cloud’s growing network of cloud regions will create for us, our peers, and the common man,” Fernandes said.
Moreover, Media Prima has been able to embed a digital DNA across the organization that is capable of delivering real-time news updates during peak hours through Google Cloud’s cloud-based analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. As a result, the media outlet has been able to incorporate new engagement models like content commerce and diversify its revenue sources.
“By allowing us to place our digital infrastructure and applications even closer to our audiences, this cloud region will supercharge data-driven content production and distribution, and our ability to enrich the lives of Malaysians by informing, entertaining and engaging them through new and innovative mediums,” said Rafiq Razali, Group Managing Director of Media Prima.
On the other hand, in Thailand, the implementation of advanced data analytics, cyber security, AI, and open banking capabilities by Krungthai Bank has been significantly aided by Google Cloud’s global network.
“This new cloud region is a fundamentally important milestone that will help accelerate our continuous digital reinvention and sustainable growth strategy within the local regulatory framework, thereby allowing us to reach and serve Thais at all levels, including unbanked consumers and small business owners, no matter where they may be,”said Payong Srivanich, CEO of Krungthai Bank.
In addition to these clients is Purple Ventures’ Robinhood, which recently transferred its operations and applications to Google Cloud’s data cloud infrastructure.
“We are already delivering more personalised services and experiences to small business owners, delivery riders, and consumers than ever before and in a more cost efficient and sustainable way… With the new cloud region, we will be physically closer to the computing resources that Google Cloud has to offer and able to access cloud technologies in a faster and even more complete way. This will help strengthen our mission: to build a homegrown ‘super app’ that assists smaller players and revitalises the grassroots economy.” said Thana Thienachariya, chairman of the board at Purple Ventures.