Saturday, April 13, 2024

Blue skies ahead for local Google cloud

Minister for the Digital Economy and Communications, David Clark, has today welcomed Google Cloud’s decision to make New Zealand a cloud region.

“This is another major vote of confidence for New Zealand’s growing digital sector, and our economic recovery from COVID 19,” Dr Clark said.

“Becoming a cloud region will mean New Zealand businesses will have a choice to keep their data onshore, and work with Google Cloud’s domestic team to really drive digital transformation here.

“Protecting people’s data and privacy is critically important to the Government.”

He said onshore Cloud facilities would mean stronger local control of New Zealand’s data, where our own laws and protections apply.

“Today’s news means that the Government, local businesses and communities, will soon have access to the scale and security of three of the world’s biggest Cloud service providers.”

“Last year in September, New Zealand welcomed the news that Amazon Web Services (AWS) had decided to establish a Cloud region here and the year prior, it was Microsoft Azure. These companies also work alongside other existing Cloud services such as Catalyst Cloud, Revera Cloud Services and Datacom.

“These three investments represent both a shot in the arm for our economic rebuild but also lay the foundation for our plans to be a digital nation and our aspirations to grow the digital economy.

“This is a step forward for New Zealand’s digital maturity, as we all adjust to the increasingly digital world,” Minister Clark said.

Google Cloud’s decision to establish a New Zealand Cloud Region was made through the company’s independent due diligence and is not a government procurement.

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