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Google Cloud joins rivals in opening new cloud region in Mexico

The company is the last of the big 3 to announce the creation of a new data centre in Mexico, which would add to its 34 other regions around the world

Google Cloud is opening its first cloud region in Mexico to meet the growing demand for cloud services around the world, after Microsoft and AWS already revealed plans to bring their cloud services closer to the country.

The tech giant said yesterday the region will be its third in Latin America, joining Santiago, Chile, and São Paulo, Brazil. It will also be joining 34 regions and 103 zones currently in operation around the world.

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The company hopes the new region will deliver high-performance, low-latency cloud services to all kinds of customers, and support the digital transformations of enterprises and public sector organisations.

Local customers are set to benefit from key controls that help them to maintain low latency and the highest security, data residency, and compliance standards, including specific data storage requirements, said Google Cloud.

“The cloud region in Mexico will unlock new possibilities for the use of cloud technologies by public sector organisations in the country,” said Juan Carlos Sarmiento Tovilla, director general of information systems at the Federal Court of Administrative Justice. “Different public entities would benefit from interoperating in an efficient and secure way, facilitating access to computing power and information technologies. It is important to mention that the computer developments in Mexico are highly specialised so they can become important references for other Spanish-speaking countries.”

IT Pro has asked Google Cloud where exactly in Mexico it plans to open the new region as this remains unclear.

Google Cloud is last amongst its competitors to reveal plans to establish new cloud services in Mexico. Microsoft stated two years ago that it would set up a cloud data centre region in the country, although this has yet to open.

Additionally, AWS also said in February 2022 it plans to open a local zone in the city of Querétaro. A local zone is an infrastructure deployment that extends AWS Regions to bring AWS services closer to certain geographical areas.

Google Cloud announced a five-year, $1.2 billion commitment to the Latin American region last month. The money will be invested in four areas that the company thinks it can best help the region thrive, namely digital infrastructure, digital skills, entrepreneurship, and inclusive, sustainable communities, revealed Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

In Mexico, Google Cloud said the new cloud region is the latest investment to support the digital transformation of Mexican organisations. In the last year, the tech giant has opened a support centre to help local and global companies. It also opened a delivery centre and grew its team in Monterrey to support the local ecosystem.

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