Google is planning to launch its first cloud data centers in India by the end of the year, the latest in a global arms race between the three major cloud providers to expand data center facilities and lure new customers.
The announcement comes just one day after Amazon Web Services said it is expanding its data center footprint to the Middle East, becoming the first cloud provider in the region to offer server infrastructure. Amazon’s new data center will be based in Bahrain and is expected to open in early 2019.
Google said Tuesday it is planning to base its new “Cloud Region” in Mumbai, and will offer several services including computing, big data, storage and networking,” according to media reports from India.
The battle for cloud services is intensifying around the globe between Google and rivals Amazon and Microsoft.
Google opened its first cloud platform regions in Germany and Brazil earlier this month. And Google and Microsoft have also recently announced plans to open their first African data centers in 2018.