Google is bringing more cloud computing capacity to North Texas.
With the opening of a new data center, the Alphabet-owned company is creating a new Google Cloud region in Dallas, bringing users additional capacity and flexibility to distribute workloads across the country.
“Now open to Google Cloud customers, the Dallas region provides you with the speed and availability you need to innovate faster and build high-performing applications that cater to the needs of nearby end users,” wrote Stacy Trackey Meagher, the company’s managing director for the central region, in a blog post.
New region part of Google’s plan to invest $9.5B in data centers, offices
Like other Google Cloud regions, the Dallas “us-south1” region has three zones for added redundancy. It will enable users to integrate on-premise workloads and have access to Google Cloud’s standard suite of products, including Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, and Cloud Storage.
Meagher said the move was spurred in part by increasing demands for business continuity among existing users in North Texas. It’s also part of a plan that Google announced in April to invest $9.5 billion in offices and data centers across the U.S. this year, creating around 12,000 jobs in the process.
The Dallas region’s creation marks the 11th in North America and second in the central part of the U.S. for Google Cloud. The company has 34 regions around the globe, with new ones in the works in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar.
“Our investments in data centers will continue to power the digital tools and services that help people and businesses thrive,” wrote Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, in a blog announcing the company’s investment plans.
DFW is fourth largest data center market
Google Cloud established a presence in North Texas in 2018, when it purchased land for a $600 million data center in Midlothian which opened its first phase early last year, according to the online publication Dgtl Infra. In 2019, the company purchased land for an additional $600 million facility in Red Oak via its entity Alamo Mission. Google also lists offices in Addison on its website.
With more than 500 megawatts of commissioned capacity, the DFW area is the fourth largest data center market in the country, Dgtl Infra notes. Other major players in the region’s data center space include Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure—which account for 33% and 22% of the global cloud infrastructure services market, respectively, according to Synergy Research Group. IBM Cloud also has a region in Dallas, called us-south, which also has three zones.
“Geographically, the cloud market continues to grow strongly in all regions of the world,” Synergy wrote in February.
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