SALT LAKE CITY — Google Cloud, the cloud services division of search giant Google, announced in a blog post that it's expanding its global cloud "infrastructure" to Salt Lake City, but the company confirmed to the Deseret News the move will not include construction of a new data center in the region.
The Tuesday posting indicates the new service support will be online by 2020 and, along with another effort planned for Seoul, South Korea, will bring the company's portfolio of service regions to 23 globally.
Theresa Foxley, president and CEO of EDCUtah, a private, nonprofit organization focused on business recruitment, said the expansion will be a boon for local businesses and innovators working on developing cloud-based products.
“Team Utah is delighted to welcome a Google Cloud region to Salt Lake," Foxley said in a statement. "This new region will improve cloud computing infrastructure for businesses operating in Utah, giving them faster access to Google Cloud products and services and bringing technical innovations even closer to where they do business. We look forward to welcoming the new region to Salt Lake City in 2020."
While in a growth phase, Google Cloud lags far behind Amazon Web Services and Microsoft's Azure system in the broader market of cloud service providers.