On the second day of the Google Cloud Next conference, the company confirmed plans to launch three new cloud regions - in California, Montreal and the Netherlands.

Google currently operates six regions, but plans to have more than 17 locations ‘in the future.’

Diane Greene, SVP of Google Cloud
Diane Greene, SVP of Google Cloud – Google

Google grows

Each region will have a minimum of three zones - geographically diverse data center locations. The search giant did not give a timeline for the rollout of the regions, but it did open a €600 million ($635m) data center in the Netherlands last year.

This year it plans to launch new regions in Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Sao Paulo, London, Frankfurt, Finland and North Virginia.

Brian Stevens, VP of cloud platforms, said: “These new regions will deliver lower latency for customers in adjacent geographic areas, increased scalability and more disaster recovery options.”

At the same event, Google revealed that it is cutting the price of its cloud service - Compute Engine users will see a price cut of 4.9-8 percent depending on their location, and will be able to save ‘up to’ 57 percent if they sign up for a year-long commitment.

Yesterday, we covered the first day of Next, where the company made a concerted pitch to enterprise customers and touted new clients such as eBay and HSBC.

During the keynote, Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt revealed that the company had spent $30 billion on its cloud infrastructure.

Google Cloud Regions - March 2017
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