Google will launch a new cloud region in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, November 15, Google Cloud’s VP EMEA South, Anthony Cirot, posted on LinkedIn.
The Saudi Arabia Region Launch will open virtually at 9:30 AM GMT+2 with keynotes by CEO of Google Cloud, Thomas Kurian, and Google Cloud Country General Manager Saudi, Bader Almadi. Online sessions will run through the day, ending at 5:00 PM GMT+2, and are open to the public. The sessions will cover topics like how AI tools like Google's Firestore, Cloud Storage and Agones can be used to build serverless gaming data platforms; how its geospatial products can be used to analyze geospatial data; how Google's generative AI tools can be used to protect against cyberattacks; and how to drive revenue using Google's Data and AI Cloud for Marketing.
A cloud region is a data center that stores and processes data. Cloud regions that are located closer to customers allow for a faster, more reliable user experience.
Google first signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi oil firm Aramco regarding a joint venture to set up a data center in the Kingdom in early 2018. In late 2020, plans for a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, were formally revealed by Google Cloud.
The launch will mark the second GCP region in the GCC, following the launch of Google's first cloud region in the GCC in Qatar in March of this year.