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Google to expand cloud services in SLC

BARCELONA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 26: A logo sits illuminated outside the Google booth on day 2 of the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2019 on February 26, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story said a data center would be built in Salt Lake City. This was reported in error. 

SALT LAKE CITY — Seoul, South Korea, and Salt Lake City, Utah are about to become new Google Cloud regions — with operations expected to start in 2020.

Salt Lake City would become Google’s third cloud region in the western US, and its sixth in the United States as a whole.

“Known for its healthcare, financial services and IT industries, Salt Lake City is a hub for data center infrastructure,” Google said in a release. “This new region will enable customers in the Silicon Slopes area to easily run low-latency, hybrid cloud workloads.”

The Google Cloud Platform is a suite of computing services that lives in the cloud, remote servers that can be accessed online for the storage of data or the use of computing services. It is the same product and infrastructure that Google uses internally for things such as Google Search and YouTube and allows users to house and run their services and websites.

“Google Cloud’s expanding infrastructure in Salt Lake City is a welcome development as our growing business continues to scale to meet the needs of over 250 million customers,” said Dan Tournian, PayPal’s Vice President of Employee Technology & Experiences and Data Centers. “This new region will enable enhanced availability and performance for our customers when every millisecond counts.”

While Google’s services are coming to Seoul and Salt Lake City, the company confirmed it will not be investing in any additional real estate, such as for a data center.

CNET reports cloud computing has become increasingly important Google. Its clients include major retailers such as Target and The Home Depot.