The Asia-Pacific market is quickly becoming a battleground for cloud computing vendors. Amazon has always been very active in the region. Microsoft is investing heavily there and made Azure generally available in China last month, for example. Today, Google is joining the fray by launching its first two Compute Engine zones in the Asia-Pacific region.
Developers will now be able to deploy their cloud-based applications in two Compute Engine zones in Asia Pacific (asia-east1-a and asia-east1-b). This mimics Cloud Platform’s structure in the U.S. and Europe. Unlike in those two regions, Google is using Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors in its Taiwan data center instead of the older Sandy Bridge technology.
The new data centers will use the same recently announced Andromeda network virtualization stack as Google’s other data centers. Users in the two new zones will also get the benefits of Google’s transparent maintenance — which ensures apps will keep running even when…
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