Google has officially opened its latest Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in London, allowing GCP customers in the UK and Europe to benefit from major efficiencies.
The new region, europe-west2, is formed with three zones and is the second region in Europe. GCP currently has 10 regions, 30 zones and over 100 points of presence, with even more regions being added throughout 2017, including locations in Germany, Finland, Mumbai, Montreal, Los Angeles and the Netherlands.
Google’s London region will provide faster access times to services and infrastructure hosted there when accessed from the UK. Google has promised to knock down latency by 50 percent compared to the Belgian region. This is a significant benefit if you have high performance and latency sensitive applications.
The launch also gained government approval, with the Secretary of State Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley, who explained that the UK region has given them a lot of confidence and security within the UK technology scene.
Google have promised that Google Cloud will be compliant with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the time it’s implemented next year. The region is a major announcement for those in the Public Sector, as Google has created a data protection engine for the cloud to have a significant impact on data security.
Google Cloud has a dedicated service, Customer Reliability Engineering (CRE), that has a focus on helping companies architect their own applications to boost reliability within their systems and business. Google CREs work with CTS GCP Engineers to assess customer requirements and build highly scalable, highly available infrastructure utilising best in breed tooling and services. The London region will allow existing businesses to improve end user experience for UK and European based markets whilst diversifying their infrastructure across multiple regions for additional scale and resilience.