Google renews cloud push, announcing 12 new datacentres

Tech giant also signs deal with Home Depot as it seeks to close ground on AWS

Google has signed up Home Depot as a cloud customer, as well as announcing 12 new datacentres, in a huge push to catch up on its rivals, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

Home Depot is set to move some of its data onto Google Cloud Platform under the deal, which will be announced formally today, according to Reuters (via Venture Beat), which broke the news.

Google also identified Oregon and Tokyo as the next two datacentres it plans to build, both of which will be operational later this year, and vowed to build 10 more by 2017.

Oregon will act as a US Western region and Tokyo as an East Asia region.

Google product manager Varun Sakalkar said in a blog post: “We’re opening these new regions to help Cloud Platform customers deploy services and applications nearer to their own customers, for lower latency and greater responsiveness.

“With these new regions, even more applications become candidates to run on Cloud Platform, and get the benefits of Google-level scale and industry leading price/performance.”

Customers can sign up via the blog post to take part in betas for the Tokyo and Oregon facilities.

The news comes after Google opened a South Carolina datacentre last year, and is a sign of the company’s ambitions to make up ground on its rivals AWS and Microsoft Azure.

While AWS’s cloud earned nearly £6 billion in 2015, Google’s cloud business generated $500 million in the last quarter, according to Goldman Sachs (via Venture Beat).

Analyst house Synergy Research pegged Google as fourth in the cloud market, behind AWS, Azure and IBM, whose Softlayer hybrid cloud sits in 48 sites, including eight belonging to datacentre provider Equinix.

Both AWS and Microsoft have announced plans for UK datacentres in late 2016.

Industry observers have attributed Google’s renewed cloud push to its new head of cloud, VMware co-founder Diane Greene.

She told Bloomberg: “The cloud is a revolution, I mean it’s rivalling the industrial revolution, and it’s pretty fun being this involved.”