Google has recently announced that it will open a new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Osaka, Japan. This will be the second Google Cloud region in the East Asian country after the search giant opened a data center in the country's capital, Tokyo, back in 2016. This will also be the seventh GCP region in the Asia Pacific. Other GCP regions already present in the area include Mumbai, Singapore, Taiwan, Sydney, and Tokyo, as well as a future GCP region in Hong Kong. According to the managing director of Google Cloud Japan, Shinichi Abe, the Osaka GCP region will become operational by the year 2019, and once it becomes operational, the search giant claims that its customers in Japan will experience reduced latency for their cloud-based workflows and data.
Also according to Abe, the Osaka GCP region will have three zones, which should help reduce the risk for service interruptions. Each zone contains disks, which stores the data of the customers of the Google Cloud Platform, as well as instances, which are virtual machines that run on the Google Cloud servers. Having a number of zones in a region prevents disruption of service since each zone is designed to be independent. Each zone has its own power supply, cooling, and networking, preventing a failure on one zone in impacting the other zones within the same region.
At this point, the Google Cloud Platform has 44 zones distributed among 15 regions around the world, and this announcement brings the total number of existing and announced data centers to 19. Back in January, the search giant announced that it is building additional GCP regions in Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong. The company opened its Montreal GCP region earlier this month, while it opened its Netherlands region late last month. In addition, the search giant is building three additional submarine fiber optic cables, one of which will be for the private use of the tech company. This private fiber optic cable, dubbed as Curie, will run from Chile to Los Angeles. The other two fiber optic cables will be available for use by other companies aside from Google. One of the cables will run from Denmark to the United States, while the other cable will run from Hong Kong to Guam.