Google will open a new cloud region in Melbourne which is expected to come online in 2021 to cater for the growing demand for cloud services across Australia. 

Google Australia opened its first cloud region in Sydney in July 2017 and says it wants to build the “most secure, high performance and intelligent public cloud for regulated industries, businesses and government agencies across Australia.”  

According to a BCG report commissioned by Google, cloud adoption in Australia is expected to contribute US$108 billion of GDP and create as many as 26,000 jobs over the next five years.

“The opening of the new Melbourne region strengthens our long-standing investment in Australia,” Rick Harshman, Managing Director, Google Cloud Asia Pacific, and Mark Innes, Vice President, Google Cloud in ANZ and APAC Industry Verticals, write in a blog post. 

“Our services are designed for millions of users and the new region will bring lower latency to businesses and offer the infrastructure to support disaster recovery and regulatory needs. Our infrastructure is certified for a growing number of compliance standards and controls and has undergone several independent third party audits to test for data safety, privacy and security.” 

NAB, an existing Google Cloud customer, welcomed the new region.

“At NAB, we’re in the midst of a company-wide digital transformation to simplify our business and improve the experience customers have with us,” said Steve Day, Executive General Manager Infrastructure, Cloud & Workplace at National Australia Bank.  

“Technology is both an enabler and foundation in our transformation and our multi-cloud approach, incorporating Google Cloud services, is a key differentiator for us. Having a GCP region in Melbourne will certainly help our availability, durability and resilience requirements.” 

Announcing the Melbourne region, Google also highlighted the sustainability efforts behind its cloud investments. 

Harshman and Innes write, “At Google, we match 100 per cent of the energy consumed by our global operations with renewable energy and maintain a commitment to carbon neutrality. That includes our data centres and cloud regions. When customers choose Google Cloud to run their compute, store their data and develop their applications, their digital footprint is offset with clean energy, making  the services they run in our Cloud net carbon neutral.” 

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