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Google to open new cloud region in India next year

Google_Chrome1Tech giant Google said on Friday it will open a new cloud region in Mumbai next year in a bid to offer its cloud platform services to Indian developers and enterprise customers.

The cloud region will make the Google Cloud Platform services even faster for Indian customers, enhancing differentiators that are already motivating companies to choose Google as their partner, the company said in a statement.

The company will also open cloud regions in Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, Sao Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt, the statement said.

The move is an attempt by Google to compete with the likes of Amazon.com, IBM and Microsoft, which have already set up data centres in India.

The Cloud Platform allows developers to build, test and deploy their applications. Google claims its cloud service has more than one billion users globally. Some of its customers include Snap Inc (formerly SnapChat), Niantic Labs (maker of Pokemon Go), Telus International and Evernote.

Its Indian clients include Wipro, Ashok Leyland, Smartshift by Mahindra & Mahindra, Dainik Bhaskar Group and INshorts.com.

The company made the announcement of the cloud region at an event in San Francisco. It also announced the launch of Google Cloud, Google’s other portfolio of products at the event. Besides, it rebranded Google Apps for Work as G Suite, which it says encompasses a set of intelligent apps including Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar and Hangouts.

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