Saudi Arabia Cloud region added to Google Cloud Platform global network
Saudi Aramco Development Company, a subsidiary of Aramco, has teamed up with Google Cloud to offer high-performance, low-latency cloud services to enterprise customers in Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom is being added to Google Cloud Platform’s global network of regions, as part of a strategic alliance agreement signed this month. Google Cloud will establish and operate a new cloud region in Saudi Arabia, while a new company will be formed following all required regulatory clearances to supply cloud solutions and services to enterprise customers, with an emphasis on businesses inside Saudi Arabia.
The rollout of Google Cloud services and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia will deliver robust, reliable and agile solutions to meet growing demand for IT and cloud services. The collaboration taps into the rapidly expanding demand for cloud services in Saudi Arabia, forecasted to reach $10 billion by 2030. Increased dependence on online services during the COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the shift toward digital solutions.
Aramco’s Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Ahmad Al Sa'adi, said: "We live in a world driven by data, and it is essential that companies not only have secure infrastructure to protect enterprise data, but also the tools that enable them to make the best use of it. Bringing Google Cloud to Saudi Arabia will deliver significant benefits, both now and in the future, and we are grateful to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for supporting this initiative. The future of Saudi Arabia's business transformation and growth depends on its ability to successfully leverage cloud services."
This addition comes as part of Google's global expansion plans for Google Cloud including a recent announement of the addition of a cloud in Doha earlier this year.