Circuit Recruitment | 03 August 2021
Google has launched a cloud region in Melbourne after flagging plans for the city in March 2020. The opening will make Melbourne the second Cloud region in Australia, following Sydney, and the 11th in the Asia Pacific.
Navigating this past year has been a challenge for many industries as they have grappled with changing customer demands, greater economic uncertainty and the need for digital transformation. The Technology sector has played a critical role in meeting these challenges by helping companies and government institutions to adapt.
The Melbourne Google Cloud region will further support this digital transformation through the improved stability and resilience of the current infrastructure. Australian businesses will benefit from improved business continuity planning, with the distributed and secure infrastructure needed to meet IT and business requirements for disaster recovery while maintaining data sovereignty in-country.
The Melbourne Cloud Region has opened with three availability zones—a deployment area for cloud platform resources—to protect against service disruptions. Google Cloud is the only hyper-scale cloud provider which currently offers three availability zones in Sydney and Melbourne.
Google Australia & NZ technology and architecture director Matt Zwolenski said of the launch that it would create “a really highly available level of service” for customers.”. Zwolenski went on to say that “This region gives us the ability to give our customers that capability of running highly available services across multiple cities,” with customers located outside Melbourne or Sydney being able to connect to the regions using network interconnects, or “points of presence”, in Brisbane, Canberra and Perth.
The launch has already received positive comments from several different industry leaders, with Bendigo and Adelaide Bank chief information officer Andrew Cresp commenting that the multi-region capability was “critically important” for the financial services sector. While Australia Post chief information officer Munro Farmer stated that the second Australian region would allow for “continuity, low latency and high availability”.
The launch of the Melbourne region demonstrates Google’s efforts to continue its Australian infrastructure expansion to support the country’s digital future, as well as support its current users and partners.
The Google Cloud region will help businesses adapt to new requirements, new opportunities and new ways of working.
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