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Google launches first cloud region in South Korea, serving both Samsung and LG

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Google has launched its first cloud region in South Korea, with the company now offering cloud services in Seoul. This allows the firm to service big corporate clients such as Samsung and LG, as well as local firms SK Telecom, Netmarble and SundayToz. The Seoul region is Google Cloud’s eighth in Asia Pacific, and brings the company’s total regions to 21, with 64 zones across 16 countries. 

The launch of the new Seoul region (asia-northeast3) brings lower latency access to data and applications for both local and global companies doing business in South Korea. The new Seoul region is comprised of three zones from the start, enabling Google Cloud customers and partners to run high availability workloads and store their data locally.

The Seoul region launches with the standard set of services, including Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Bigtable, Spanner, and BigQuery. Hybrid cloud customers can integrate new and existing deployments with help from Google’s regional partner ecosystem, and via multiple Dedicated Interconnect locations.

“Google Cloud’s flexibility and extensibility help us provide various services more reliably and economically. And now with Seoul as a region, we can have an even bigger impact,” Soobaek Jang, VP, AI Server Development, Samsung Electronics.

“As South Korea’s largest gaming company, we’re partnering with Google Cloud for game development, infrastructure management, and to infuse our operations with business intelligence. Google Cloud’s region in Seoul reinforces its commitment to the region and we welcome the opportunities this initiative offers our business,” Chang-Whan Sul, CTO, Netmarble.

“SK Telecom uses Google Cloud to establish a data pipeline to support data processing and modeling, and unlock the potential of AI and machine learning. We look forward to exploring the opportunities presented by the new region in Seoul,” Yoo-sun Jeong, head of AI Product Engineering, SK Telecom.

“We’re providing unmanned consultation service in 53 contact centers worldwide using Dialogflow on Google Cloud, reducing consultation time per case and increasing customer satisfaction. We look forward to working with Google Cloud further with the opening of the Seoul region,” Hyekyung Pak, principal, CS Information Strategy Team, LG Electronics.

“We use Google Cloud AI and analytics to reduce dropout rates and increase advertising exposure for our flagship mobile puzzle game Anipang. The Google Cloud region in Seoul will provide new opportunities for developers in Korea to create and monetise games while supporting rapid growth in users,” Changmyoung Lee, CTO, SundayToz.

“At Bespin Global, we hold 100+ Google Cloud certifications in Korea and China and are the first Asia-Pacific-headquartered partner to achieve the status of Premier Partner and Managed Services Provider with Google Cloud. This means the number of customers successfully introduced to Google Cloud through Bespin Global and the number of future customers that want to be introduced to Google Cloud have both increased. We expect even more activity with the launch of the Google Cloud Seoul region,” Hanjoo Lee, co-founder and CEO, Bespin Global.

The launch of Seoul will not be the only new region for Google Cloud in 2020, the company also plans to have locations in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Jakarta.

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