Google Opens First Cloud Region in Spain to Address Local Data Sovereignty Requirements

Published on: 25 May 2022
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Google has officially opened its very first cloud region in Spain. The internet giant is also developing additional cloud regions for Israel, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, among other locations. Google's 33rd such location globally, and promises low-latency data transfers and cloud services.

Google has officially opened its very first cloud region in Spain, nearly two years after first announcing its plans in partnership with Spanish telecom giant Telefónica.

The new region represents Google's 33rd such location globally, and promises low-latency data transfers and cloud services for businesses in the locale. Today's news comes as Spain pushes on in its post-pandemic economic recovery, with Google arguing that a dedicated local cloud region will play a big part in the process.

"The new Madrid region offers Google Cloud's unique global infrastructure locally, creating new opportunities for digital transformation across every industry and making it easier for organizations at any stage of their cloud journey to securely deliver faster, more reliable customer experiences," the company wrote in a blog post.

As one of the world's largest telecom network providers, Telefónica represents a notable partner for Google as it looks to ingratiate itself to companies and policymakers across Spain by addressing concerns over digital autonomy and data sovereignty - businesses need to adhere to local rules and regulations in terms of how they manage and store customer data.

The new Madrid region will lean on Telefónica's existing infrastructure, while the duo will jointly develop a range of products using Google's edge computing platform.

"Accelerating digital transformation also requires cloud services that meet regulatory compliance and digital governance requirements," Google wrote.

Source: Venture Beat

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