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  /  Cloud   /  Google Cloud to open Cloud Region in Chile, Germany and Saudi Arabia
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Google Cloud to open Cloud Region in Chile, Germany and Saudi Arabia

After the recent Cloud Outage, Google brings Encouraging News about its Cloud Regions


Recently, Google Cloud announced plans to expand its cloud regions in Chile, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. The new regions will join Google’s existing network of 24 locations, in addition to nine other forthcoming regions. Earlier this year, it had launched new cloud regions, in Jakarta, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Seoul, and announced additional openings in Doha, Madrid, and Paris.

In Saudi Arabia, companies like the Riyadh-based Noon and Snap have already come out to support the new cloud region, confirming that it will enable them to serve their customers with faster speeds and greater flexibility. Google will be selling its cloud-computing services in Saudi Arabia through a deal with oil producer Aramco to offer cloud services in the region. In Germany, with this second cloud region, companies like Deutsche Börse, one of the world’s leading exchange organizations, and German wholesaler METRO can continue to scale their businesses atop our world-class cloud infrastructure. Meanwhile, in Chile, Red Salud, one of the leading networks of private healthcare providers in Chile, has migrated its infrastructure to the cloud to increase the resilience and flexibility of its services as demand continues to evolve and grow.

Additionally, each region will have three zones to protect against service disruptions and include a portfolio of key Google Cloud products, while offering lower latency to nearby users and a more robust global network of regions for multinational enterprises.

Google Cloud Outage

This news comes after a widespread Google Cloud outage that recently took down multiple Google services, including YouTube and Google Workspace and its Gmail service. The company clarified in an official statement that it experienced an authentication system outage for approximately 45 minutes due to an internal storage quota issue.

In other words the issue ‘Google Cloud Infrastructure Components incident 20013’ was due to reduced capacity for Google’s central identity-management system, blocking any service that required users to log in.

“Services requiring users to login experienced high error rates during this period,” a Google spokesperson said. “The authentication system issue was resolved at (7:32 a.m. EST). All services are now restored. We apologize to everyone affected, and we will conduct a thorough follow-up review to ensure this problem cannot recur in the future.” Google has assured to publish an analysis of this incident once it has completed its internal investigation.

While it was the third worldwide outage at a public cloud provider in the past two months, Google outage wasn’t as long as the five-hour Amazon Web Services outage last month. However, it does draw a parallel to Microsoft’s Azure outage in October due to an error in Azure Active Directory that prevented anyone from signing in to Office 365 apps and Microsoft cloud services in October. This year Microsoft had cloud outages on September 28, October 1 and October 7.

Though cloud saw massive popularity during the pandemic, such outages can incur heavy losses in business.