Our friends at Google have revealed plans to open a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Hong Kong next year as part of its ongoing Asia-Pacific expansion. The new GCP Hong Kong region will be the sixth in Asia-Pacific, joining facilities in Taiwan and Tokyo as well as the recently launched Mumbai, Sydney, and Singapore regions.

This is a huge evolution for Hong Kong and will be a game changer for many industries, but mostly Financial Services, as they are often constrained to retaining their data on local servers for compliance reasons.

The initiative also forms part of Google’s commitment to boosting Hong Kong’s digital economy and smart city efforts. Recent research [pdf] from the company found that Hong Kong remains at the early stages of digital transformation despite its high internet connected population (81%).

In addition while 95% of Hong Kong companies see digital transformation as critical, companies at best only gradually embrace the latest digital technology.

“A solid cloud infrastructure is the foundation for building a smart city and helping businesses succeed in the digital economy. We are glad that Google is launching the Hong Kong cloud region, a recognition of Hong Kong’s edge and strengths as a data hub,” commented Nicholas Yang, secretary for innovation and technology for the HKSAR government.

“This means businesses in Hong Kong, whether big or small, can leverage the latest, well-established technology infrastructure to expand and succeed in the region and globally.”

More good news – the region will have 3 zones, matching that of the Taiwan region and one more than the Singapore region. This means higher availability and resiliency for all workloads deployed in the region.