Google has announced plans to establish a Google Cloud Platform region in Indonesia next year to strengthen its business and capture a larger customer base. (JG screenshot)

Google to Build Cloud Facility in Indonesia

BY : SARAH YUNIARNI

OCTOBER 05, 2018

Jakarta. Technology giant Google has announced plans to establish a Google Cloud Platform region in Indonesia next year to strengthen its business and capture a larger customer base.

"Google Cloud is committed to serving our customers in Indonesia, where they are advancing rapidly and participating in the digital economy," Rick Harshman, managing director of Asia Pacific at Google Cloud, said in a statement on Thursday (04/10).

A Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a suite of cloud computing services that runs on the same infrastructure Google uses internally for its end-user products, such as Google Search and YouTube. It provides a network of remote servers to manage, store and process data for clients, such as tech firms, e-commerce platforms and online gaming companies.

Google Cloud's expansion in Indonesia is part of the tech giant's $30 billion investment in cloud computing infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region over the past three years.

Harshman said Indonesia is the eighth country in the region to receive a cloud facility, after India (Mumbai), Singapore, Taiwan, Australia (Sydney) and Japan (Tokyo).

Google also plans to build cloud facilities in Osaka and Hong Kong.

"We are here to make a long-term investment; [we believe] building infrastructure is also needed to support our growing business here, and we are proud to bring a Google Cloud region to Indonesia," Harshman said.

Singapore hosts Indonesia's closest cloud facility, which currently also serves GCP customers in the archipelago.

By establishing a cloud facility in Indonesia, customers will be able to enjoy high-speed connectivity and cloud-based data, while also mitigating network latency while navigating the World Wide Web, Harshman said at the Google Cloud Summit in Jakarta.

Some big names in Indonesia already using GCP include taxi operator Blue Bird Group, diversify conglomerate CT Corp, fashion e-commerce platform Sale Stock Indonesia, ride-hailing firm Go-Jek, online marketplace Tokopedia, online ticket booking service Traveloka and Emtek, one of the country's largest media groups.

"The GCP service has helped us to neatly organize our separate entities or units. It is now becoming more integrated and rely on big data," said Leroy Pinto, group executive director for digital at CT Corp.

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