Google invests to build Thailand cloud region
Global tech powerhouse Google will make its most significant infrastructure investment in Thailand by building a cloud region for the Kingdom, adding that it believes Thailand will become one of the world’s most competitive countries in the coming years.
Ruma Balasubramanian, Managing Director of Google Cloud Southeast Asia, said that the Thailand cloud region would give companies controls that allow them to maintain the highest security, data residency, and compliance standards, including specific data storage requirements.
“Google Cloud aims to complement the government’s steadfast pursuit of infrastructure projects like the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and deliver the cloud foundation that more businesses need to transform and grow,” she added.
A cloud region is a geographic area where data centers are located. It can be divided into zones, and Google Cloud confirms that Thailand’s cloud region will have three zones. Regions and zones improve cloud availability and reliance.
Google also mentioned that its cloud regions allow “customers to build, test and deploy applications on a highly scalable and reliable infrastructure, offering storage, networking, data analytics, application development, artificial intelligence and machine learning tool.”
According to Balasubramanian, Google is confdient that Thailand is on its way to becoming one of the world’s most competitive countries as the innovation engine of Southeast Asia’s digital economy.
Research commissioned by Google found that if maximized, the cloud can create up to 2.5 trillion baht in annual economic value in Thailand by 2030. That would be the equivalent of 16 percent of Thailand’s GDP in 2020.
Thailand’s cloud region will be the 12th for Google Cloud. The company has 11 existing regions across Asia Pacific and Japan, including two in Southeast Asia: Singapore and Jakarta.
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