Cloud giant Google Cloud (GCP) has launched a new region in Zurich, Switzerland as a response to increased interest in its services in country and elsewhere in Europe. Known as ‘Europe-West6’, this is GCP’s sixth European region and adds to a network that is now 19 regions globally. Including three availability zones, the new region will offer GCP’s European customers lower latency and faster access to data and workloads. End users in Switzerland will experience improved latency of up to 10ms.
The new region will offer GCP’s full suite of services, which include BigQuery, Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes, Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Spanner. The Swiss region will also offer ‘Transfer Appliance’ - a “high-capacity server that lets you transfer large amounts of data to GCP”. The region also offers Cloud Interconnect, GCP’s “private, software-defined network” that links its global regions. Users can leverage services that are not currently available in the Swiss region by combining GCP’s global services through Google Network.
“We kicked off the new region with a special event in Zurich with over 800 business leaders and developers in attendance,” explained Kirill Tropin, Geographic Expansion Product Manager at GCP. “SVP of Technical Infrastructure Urs Hölzle officially opened the region. Customers from pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and financial businesses all over Switzerland and Europe learned about GCP and how the local region can benefit their cloud operations”.