Our vision at Google Cloud is clear—to help businesses advance by delivering secure and reliable global infrastructure, a digital transformation platform to manage data at scale, and industry-specific solutions that provide new digital capabilities.

We’ve invested more than $47 billion in our global infrastructure in the last three years, and we continue to invest to fuel the digital transformation journey of our customers across more than 150 countries. These key elements, combined with our global partner ecosystem and expanded go-to-market organization, enable Google Cloud to be a strategic partner to the world’s leading enterprises.

In Japan, we’ve seen widespread adoption of our technology solutions by retail, gaming, financial services and manufacturing organizations since 2016, when we opened our Google Cloud region in Tokyo. Today, we are honored that leading Japanese brands Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd and Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd are choosing Google Cloud to help them push the boundaries of digital transformation in their industries.

To support our rapidly growing customer base in Japan, it is my great pleasure to announce the launch of our new Osaka cloud region — our second in Japan, seventh in Asia Pacific and twentieth region overall. The Osaka cloud region is now available to Google Cloud customers, bringing lower latency to nearby organizations and improved system availability, made possible by having two cloud regions in Japan.

“We’re looking forward to the Osaka cloud region,” says Tatsuhito Chiku, Corporate Officer, General Manager, Information Technology Section at Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. “Using Google Cloud Platform services like BigQuery have enabled us to build a system with low latency and high resiliency, and the Osaka cloud region will further improve our system availability and achieve business continuity.”

”We have already been using GCP products such as App Engine and BigQuery in our IoT total solution,” adds Yoshihito Kurose, President of Kyocera Communication Systems Co., Ltd. “Together with Tokyo, the opening of the Osaka region helps us achieve higher availability, greater business continuity, and further improves the quality of our service going forward.”

Other leading enterprises including SHARP Corporation, Yamaha and Mercari joined us for the launch of the Osaka Cloud region in Japan this week.

With the introduction of the Osaka region, Google Cloud customers in Japan can expect:

  • A second Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Japan with three zones and a standard set of products, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery. Combined with the recent launch of Anthos, Japanese customers will benefit from having greater choice and flexibility to manage workloads on-premises and on any public cloud.
  • Two cloud regions in-country provide improved business continuity planning with distributed, secure infrastructure needed to meet IT and business requirements for disaster recovery. Services and support from our robust partner ecosystem in Japan.

At Google Cloud, partners are critical to our success, and we’re pleased to work with NTT SmartConnect Corporation and SoftBank Corp. to support the needs of local customers.

“We welcome the launch of the Google Cloud region in Osaka. By leveraging both Google cloud regions in Japan, we will operate a closed network connection service with GCP that is more robust,” says Sadahiro Satao, Senior Vice President, Deputy Head of the Enterprise Business Unit at Softbank Corp.

“Our housing and cloud services are provided mainly from Osaka City. Now we can operate these using Cloud Cross Connect in a closed network and secure hybrid cloud environment with lower latency,” adds Akira Shirahase, President of NTT SmartConnect Corporation.  

Lastly, I’m thrilled that Google Cloud has been positioned as a Leader in the2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Japan. We believe this recognition is an acknowledgement of the hard work we’re doing to bring customers the best cloud offering in the industry, and we look forward to delivering more value as we continue our momentum in Japan.

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Visit our Japan region page for more details about this region, and our locations page for updates on the availability of additional services and regions.   

Additional Google Cloud regions are coming soon, starting with Seoul, Salt Lake City, and Jakarta in the first half of 2020.


Source: Google Cloud Blog