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Google Cloud Platform opens a third zone in Singapore

Google announced the launch of a third Google Cloud Platform zone (asia-southeast1-c) in Singapore, making it easier for businesses, especially in Southeast Asia, to build services that meet the needs of their fast-growing customer base.

The expansion of the Google Cloud Platform region in Singapore allows customers to distribute their apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions. 

It also provides them access to three new services added to the region: Cloud Spanner, Cloud SQL, and Managed Instance Groups.

When they opened the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Singapore region last year,  it launched with two zones. 

This is the 46th GCP zone globally, and now all 15 GCP regions have three or more zones. 

Google build every region with the intention of providing at least three zones because they supposedly understand the importance of high availability.

Customers can distribute their apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions.

What customers are saying:

CTO Nikunj Shanti Pate, “It’s super exciting to see the third availability zone go up in Singapore, as more GCP services will be provisioned closer to ASEAN. 

“This will help ensure our customers have the best experience and reliability on our web or mobile products.”

Creative Media Works CTO Mohan Krishnan says, “A year ago we selected Google Cloud as our provider for BBM.

“A year later, we've migrated BBM to Google's Cloud platform and will leverage the third zone in Singapore to bring Google's innovation closer to our user base in Indonesia."

Supposedly the experience for GCP customers in Southeast Asia is better than ever too, performance testing shows 51% to 98% reductions in round-trip time (RTT) latency when serving customers in Singapore, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok compared to using other GCP regions in Taiwan or Tokyo.