South Africa Chosen As The First Google Cloud Region In Africa
The cloud area will reportedly bring Google Cloud services closer to its African clients, enabling them to innovate and securely offer quicker and more dependable experiences.
By Omotayo Olutekunbi
Google has stated that South Africa would house the first Google Cloud region in Africa. South Africa will join the 106 zones and 35 cloud regions that make up the Google Cloud global network.
The program is one of the ways Google is following through on the $1 billion investment pledge made in 2021 by the company’s CEO, according to Niral Patel, director of Google Cloud Africa, who made the news at the Google for Africa hybrid event in Lagos, Nigeria.
A Google Cloud “region” is, by definition, a logical abstraction of the underpinning physical resources offered in one or more actual data centers.
The cloud area will reportedly bring Google Cloud services closer to its African clients, enabling them to innovate and securely offer quicker and more dependable experiences. Google did not disclose the cloud zone’s launch information.
Furthermore, according to Patel, the new Cloud Region will assist users, developers, enterprises, and educational institutions in Africa in moving more information and tools online, as well as enhance consumer access choices, all of which will lead to the creation of employment.
In addition to the Cloud region, Google also said that it will develop Dedicated Cloud Interconnect facilities in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Lagos, and Nairobi to further its network over the Equiano undersea cable. According to the business, this will make it possible to develop a full-scale cloud infrastructure for Africa.
In order to better serve the continent, Google Cloud will join Microsoft Azure (launched in March 2019), Amazon Web Services (launched in April 2020), and Oracle Cloud (launched in January 2022) as global cloud service providers with South African regions.
The South Africa cloud area, according to research by AlphaBeta Economics for Google Cloud, would assist the development of more than 40,000 jobs and more than $2.1 billion in GDP by 2030.
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