Indian businesses starting today are born in the cloud, while established enterprises are making the move quite rapidly. As digital transformation gains momentum in India, I am excited to share that we are deepening our local investment with the launch of Google Cloud and a Google Cloud Region in Mumbai in 2017.
Today, at Horizon in San Francisco, we unveiled Google Cloud, Google’s unique and broad portfolio of products, technologies and services that let our customers operate in a digital world easily and at peak performance. Further, we announced that to offer an even faster experience for Indian developers and enterprise customers, we are bringing a Cloud Region to Mumbai, India. Further, to meet growing demand, we announced the locations of seven new Google Cloud Regions - Singapore, Sydney, Northern Virginia, São Paulo, London, Finland and Frankfurt. Like Mumbai, each of these regions will come online through 2017.
Our investment in a local Cloud Region reaffirms our commitment to our customers in India. The local region will help make Google Cloud Platform services even faster for Indian developers and enterprise customers, enhancing differentiators that are already motivating companies to choose us as their partner. As India’s startup community continues to grow, Cloud Platform provides the full stack of services to build, test and deploy their applications.
With more than one billion end users, we’ve gained significant traction in India and across the world. Globally, key customers already leveraging the benefits of Google Cloud Platform include SnapChat creator Snap Inc, Pokemon Go creator Niantic Labs and Evernote. In India too, we have seen great customer momentum with thousands of customers including major brands like Wipro, Ashok Leyland, Smartshift by Mahindra & Mahindra, Dainik Bhaskar Group and INshorts.com building on Google Cloud Platform.
At Horizon, we further announced G Suite. Previously called Google Apps for Work, G Suite encompasses a set of intelligent apps - Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more - designed to bring people together, with real-time collaboration built in from the start.
In addition to our focus on Indian customers, we continue to build a robust partner ecosystem to support customers as they move to the cloud. We already have deep partnerships with a multitude of born-in-the-cloud partners including Searce Co-Sourcing, Cloud Cover, PowerUp Cloud and MediaAgility as well as global partners like Wipro, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Cognizant. The opening of the Cloud Region opens up newer opportunities for several new cloud partners who will benefit from building their services on Google Cloud.
Posted by Rick Harshman, Asia-Pacific Managing Director, Google Cloud