Google has made a major post-Brexit investment in the UK by opening new data centres Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 17th Jul 2017
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Google has made a major post-Brexit investment in the UK, opening its first cloud data centres in London.
The company wouldn't confirm where exactly its data centres are located, or whether they were leased or built by Google.
Google has spent $30 billion (£23 billion) in expanding Google Cloud to date, but doesn't break out regional spend.
This is Google's second batch of cloud data centres in the EU after Belgium, with three "availability zones" in London. The upshot for UK firms using Google Cloud is reduced latency and better customer service. Google promised round-trip latency reductions for UK customers of between 40% and 82%, versus its Belgium region.
Google's global president for cloud customers, Tariq Shaukat, told Business Insider that Brexit had little impact on the company's timeframe. "The decision pre-dates Brexit," he said. But the company will continue its investment by hiring more UK staff in marketing and sales for Google Cloud.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said the investment was "a vote of confidence in the UK economy."
She added: "We want digital businesses to be able to operate here, taking advantage of the opportunities a global Britain has as we leave the EU."
Google is rapidly expanding its cloud business to try and catch up with its bigger competitors: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's Azure. According to fourth quarter statistics, Amazon accounted for 40% of the global cloud computing market. Google's parent, Alphabet, held 6% of the market.
He said the company was considered "best in class" at making sure infrastructure "stays up and running." Google Cloud also has a dedicated service, customer reliability engineering, that focuses on helping companies architect their applications to boost reliability. "That's something others are not able to do or are doing today," Shaukat said.
He promised Google Cloud would be compliant with the incoming EU General Data Protection Regulation by the time it's implemented next year.
Some British companies already using Google Cloud include fintech app Revolut, The Telegraph, and hosting firm WP Engine.