Google builds London cloud data centre

Google has built a London data centre for the cloud computing services it rents to third parties.  The facility is its second in Europe, after Brussels, and will provide faster access times to nearby clients.

Until now, the Internet giant has focused on opening data centres for its cloud computing platform in the US and Asia, where it has bases in Singapore, Taiwan and Singapore. But in announcing the London centre, it also disclosed plans to open facilities across Europe.

“GCP [Google Cloud Platform] customers throughout the British Isles and Western Europe will see significant reductions in latency when they run their workloads in the London region,” said product manager Dave Stiver, referring to processing delays caused by the distances data has to travel.  “In cities like London, Dublin, Edinburgh and Amsterdam, our performance testing shows 40 per cent to 82 per cent reductions in round-trip latency when serving customer from London compared with the Belgium region.”

“Google’s decision to choose London for its latest Google Cloud Region is another vote of confidence in our world-leading digital economy and proof Britain is open for business,” said Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Google is also planning to build data centres in Germany, Norway and The Netherlands.

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