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In Major Cloud Expansion, Google To Open 12 More Data Centers 42

Mickeycaskill writes: Google is to open 12 new data centers in the latest stage of a bitter war with rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. The first two facilities to open will be in Oregon and Tokyo, both of which will open next year. The rest will follow in 2017. Google says the new locations will allow customers to run applications closer to home, boosting latency, and of course benefiting from any local data protection laws. At present, Google has just four cloud regions, meaning this expansion will quadruple its sphere of influence. "With these new regions, even more applications become candidates to run on Cloud Platform, and get the benefits of Google-level scale and industry leading price/performance," said Varun Sakalkar, Google Cloud's product manager. Two bits says those were not his exact words.
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In Major Cloud Expansion, Google To Open 12 More Data Centers

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  • by Kokuyo ( 549451 ) on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @04:11AM (#51759337) Journal

    Dear boss,

    This right here is why we can't compete with the major cloud providers. We have one real datacenter with two more "datacenters" in which we have less than 30 hypervisor hosts.

    And you keep asking me why we can't compete with their prices, when Google just up and opens 12 new datacenters, probably with 10k servers each.

    When we license an addition five TB of storage, Google just goes and builds a new multi-PB environment.

    And you keep asking me why storage is so expensive, when you insist on bending over backwards and tacking it from IBM without lube.

    • by tomhath ( 637240 )
      IBM seems to think cloud services are going to be one of its major lines of business. Yet (at least in this article) they aren't even mentioned as an also ran. Too late to the party, maybe they think they can keep existing customer locked-in.
    • Google just up and opens 12 new datacenters, probably with 10k servers each.

      I've been to some Google data centers. I doubt that any of them are that small.

  • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 ) <mojo@world3.nBLUEet minus berry> on Wednesday March 23, 2016 @04:29AM (#51759367) Homepage Journal

    boosting latency

    So they are downgrading their services?

  • I've been the person "quoted" as saying something like that. Anyone with integrity will not have anything attributed to them that they wouldn't want to have said. But what you say for the record is not usually the first thing that comes out of your mouth. Anyone making a speech or an announcement will run through some phrasing, practice it on others, etc.

    "Yeah, it's gonna let you have the local regulation laws, more people can run their stuff with lower latency, some of them care a lot about that, uh, even

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