The LA Google Cloud Platform Region is Open for Business

by The Cloud Platform Development Team on July 18, 2018

This article originally appeared on the Google Cloud Platform Blog.

The Los Angeles Google Cloud Platform region is officially open for business. You can now store data and build highly available, performant applications in Southern California. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said it best: “Los Angeles is a global hub for fashion, music, entertainment, aerospace, and more—and technology is essential to strengthening our status as a center of invention and creativity. We are excited that Google Cloud has chosen Los Angeles to provide infrastructure and technology solutions to our businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Google Cloud Platform LA Region

The LA cloud region, us-west2, is Google's seventeenth overall and their fifth in the United States. Hosting applications in the new region can significantly improve latency for end users in Southern California, and by up to 80% across Northern California and the Southwest, compared to hosting them in the previously closest region, Oregon. You can visit www.gcping.com to see how fast the LA region is for you.

Services

The LA region has everything you need to build the next great application:

Google Cloud Platform Features

Of note, the LA region debuted with one of Google's newest products: Cloud FilestoreBETA, their managed file storage service for applications that require a filesystem interface and a shared filesystem for data. The region also has three zones, allowing you to distribute apps and storage across multiple zones to protect against service disruptions. You can also access Google's multi-regional services (such as BigQuery) in the United States and all the other GCP services via our Google Network, and combine any of the services you deploy in LA with other GCP services around the world. Please visit Service Specific Terms for detailed information on data storage capabilities.

Google Cloud Network

Google Cloud’s global networking infrastructure is the largest cloud network as measured by number of points of presence. This private network provides a high-bandwidth, highly reliable, low-latency link to each region across the world. With it, you can reach the LA region as easily as any region. In addition, the global Google Cloud Load Balancing makes it easy to deploy truly global applications. Also, if you’d like to connect to the Los Angeles region privately, we offer Dedicated Interconnect at two locations: Equinix LA1 and CoreSite LA1.

LA Region Celebration

Google celebrated the launch of the LA cloud region with their customers. At the celebration, they announced new services to help content creators take advantage of the cloud: Filestore, Transfer Appliance and of course, the new region itself, in the heart of media and entertainment country. The region’s proximity to content creators is critical for cloud-based visual effects and animation workloads. With proximity comes low latency, which lets you treat the cloud as if it were part of your on-premises infrastructure—or even migrate your entire studio to the cloud.

GCP LA Region Announcement

Getting Started

For additional details on the LA region, please visit Google's LA region page where you’ll get access to free resources, whitepapers, the "Cloud On-Air" on-demand video series and more. Google's locations page provides updates on the availability of additional services and regions.

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