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Google Cloud to launch new region in Salt Lake City

By Liesl Nielsen, | Updated - Apr. 10, 2019 at 11:18 a.m. | Posted - Apr. 10, 2019 at 9:34 a.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City will become the third Google Cloud region in the western U.S. and the sixth region in the country.

The Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing services, including data storage, data analytics, computing and machine learning. Like many of its competitors, Google Cloud has pushed to build new data centers to expand its service and has opened 15 new regions and 45 zones across 13 countries in the last three years, according to a news release from Google.

On Tuesday, the web behemoth announced it will be launching two new regions in 2020: Seoul, South Korea, and Salt Lake City, Utah. This expansion will bring the total number of global regions to 23.

Google customers can expect to use the Seoul region in early 2020, followed by the Salt Lake City region “shortly after,” the release says.

“Known for its healthcare, financial services and IT industries, Salt Lake City is a hub for data center infrastructure. This new region will enable customers in the Silicon Slopes area to easily run low-latency, hybrid cloud workloads,” Google’s news release reads.

Salt Lake will be the third region in the western U.S., along with Oregon and Los Angeles, to host a data center allowing developers to build distributed applications across multiple regions in the west, Google’s director of product management, Dominic Preuss, told TechCrunch.

“Team Utah is delighted to welcome a Google Cloud region to Salt Lake," president and CEO of EDCUtah, Theresa Foxley, said in Google’s news release. "This new region will improve cloud computing infrastructure for businesses operating in Utah, giving them faster access to Google Cloud products and services and bringing technical innovations even closer to where they do business. We look forward to welcoming the new region to Salt Lake City in 2020."

According to CNET, Google does not plan to make any additional real estate investments in Seoul or Salt Lake.

Editor’s note: A previous edition of this article initially reported Google Cloud would be launching a new data center in Salt Lake City. The article has been corrected to show the company will be launching a new cloud-based region.

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