June 18, 2018

Google opens cloud region in Finland; buys more land in the Netherlands

The move aims to provide low-latency data center services to clients in Europe.

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Tech mogul Google have unveiled their sixteenth cloud region in Hamina, Finland and also purchased more land to set up a data center in the Netherlands. With these twin developments, Google aims to provide low-latency data center services to upcoming businesses in Europe.

According to Google, Finland as a region provides a natural climatic benefit that suits the business of data centers. They claim that the cold weather in Finland and its lukewarm seawater is used to maintain the temperature at the data centers.

Google say that this temperature also helps them provide low-latency services and meet the demands of their customers. Explaining this, Kirill Tropin, Product Manager at Google Cloud, commented:

Hosting applications in the new region can improve latencies by up to 65 percent for end-users in the Nordics and by up to 88 percent for end-users in Eastern Europe, compared to hosting them in the previously closest region.

Google claim that along with this development they are also eyeing expansion across Denmark, Sweden and Luxembourg to lend support to new businesses cropping up in Europe. They say that they have also purchased more land in the Netherlands to build a data center so as to leverage the connectivity provided by the region.

Speaking about their expansion, Mark Jansen, spokesperson for Google, commented:

We want to ensure that we have options to continue to expand our data center presence in Europe if our business demands it.

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