Middle East data centres on Google’s radar

After the opening of data centres by Microsoft, Alibaba, SAP, Amazon Web Services and Oracle in the Gulf region, Google could be the next as it is the only main player left in the industry to do so.

Tarek Khalil, country manager for Google Cloud Middle East and North Africa, told TechRadar Middle East on the sidelines of the Google Cloud Day 2019, that Google has 20 data centres globally across 61 zones.

Every data centre is three zones and is considered as a region.

“We could have data centres in the Middle East,” he said.

When asked will it happen next year, he said: “could be”.

He said that Google has invested $47b in three years globally in cloud infrastructure and is allocating an additional $15b for projects and initiatives this year.

Google has announced more than 130 new products this year in security, infrastructure modernisation, application development, data management, smart analytics and AI, productivity and collaboration.


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Regional data centres offered by cloud providers 

Big tech companies have shown interest in the Middle East, especially in the UAE, to open data centres. Amazon Web Services has a cluster of data centres in Bahrain and the UAE.

Oracle already opened its first data centre in the UAE this year in Abu Dhabi and plans to open one more data centre in the UAE, likely in Dubai, and two in Saudi Arabia by next year while Microsoft opened its data centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi recently.

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, has already invested in one data centre in the UAE while SAP opened its data centres in UAE and Saudi Arabia last year.

In Asia, Goggle has data centres in Singapore, Taiwan and India.

Manish Ranjan, research firm International Data Corporation’s program manager for software and cloud in the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, said that looking at the Middle East in isolation, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are the biggest spenders on the public cloud services, with growth rates exceeding the market average.

“There are a lot of opportunities for the cloud in…