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Google Cloud Platform opens a third zone in Singapore

Google has launched a third Google Cloud Platform zone (asia-southeast1-c) in Singapore.

The expansion of the Google Cloud Platform region in Singapore allows customers to distribute their apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions. It also provides them access to three new services added to the region: Cloud Spanner, Cloud SQL, and Managed Instance Groups.

“When we opened the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Singapore region last year, it launched with two zones. Today, we’re happy to announce a third zone (asia-southeast1-c) and a few new services. This expansion will make it easier for customers, especially in Southeast Asia, to build highly available services that meet the needs of their business,” the company said in a press statement.

This is the 46th GCP zone globally, and now all 15 GCP regions have three or more zones. “We build every region with the intention of providing at least three zones because we understand the importance of high availability. Customers can distribute their apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions,” the statement added.

At launch, the Singapore region had a core set of services and Google continued to add services like Cloud KMS and Cloud Bigtable. Now, Google has added three new services to the region: Cloud Spanner, Cloud SQL, and Managed Instance Groups.

“A year ago we selected Google Cloud as our provider for BBM. A year later, we’ve migrated BBM to Google’s Cloud platform and will leverage the third zone in Singapore to bring Google’s innovation closer to our user base in Indonesia,” said Mohan Krishnan, CTO, of Creative Media Works, the company that runs BBM Messenger Consumer globally.

“With services such as Cloud SQL being made available, the third zone in Singapore will enable us to deliver the best viewing experience to our massive user base in this region. Since our engineering team is also located here, we can leverage the new services and bring further innovation to our platform at a faster pace,” said Alex Chan, SVP of Product and Engineering, Viki.

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