Google Cloud announced today that the new region of Seoul, the first in Korea, is now open for business. The region, which was first discussed in April last year, will offer three availability zones and support for virtually all standard Google Cloud services, from Compute Engine to BigQuery, Bigtable and Cloud Spanner.
Google Cloud is now present in 16 countries and offers 21 regions with a total of 64 zones. The Seoul region (with the memorable name Northeast Asia3) will complement Google’s other regions in the region, including two in Japan and regions in Hong Kong and Taiwan. However, the obvious focus here is on serving Korean companies with low latency access to their cloud services.
"As South Korea's largest gaming company, we work with Google Cloud to develop games, manage infrastructure, and provide business intelligence to our operations," said Chang-Whan Sul, CTO of Netmarble. "The region of Google Cloud in Seoul is increasing its commitment to the region and we welcome the opportunities this initiative offers our company."
Google Cloud also plans to open additional zones and regions later this year in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Jakarta, Indonesia.