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Bengaluru, NFAPost: oogle is expanding its cloud service delivery by investing up to $2 billion in a data centre to support the service in Poland.

Google Cloud recently announced that it is forming a strategic partnership with Poland’s Domestic Cloud Provider (DCP) to help Polish businesses to take advantage of cloud.

The decision comes on the heels of the announcement of Microsoft made in May when it explained its plan to invest $1 billion to accelerate innovation and digital transformation in the “Polish Digital Valley”.

Head of Google Cloud business development for Poland and CEE Magdalena Dziewguc told Puls Biznesu, “The Google Cloud region in Warsaw is the largest investment of this type on the infrastructure market in Poland.

This will reportedly be Google’s largest ever investment in Poland.

The company’s region in Poland will have three zones to protect against service disruptions, and will launch with the company’s portfolio of key products, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Bigtable, Cloud Spanner, and BigQuery.

Last year, Google CEO Sundar Pichai visited Warsaw where he announced Google’s commitment of $20m for digital skills programs across the CEE region.

On top of the recently announced region in Warsaw, the Alphabet cloud arm has announced it will be launching additional cloud regions in Delhi (India), Doha (Qatar), Melbourne (Australia) and Toronto (Canada).

Also, Amazon opened a datacenter region in Italy last week. A number of companies are expecting cloud usage to exceed prior plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts. According to the ninth annual Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report, 59% of companies expect their cloud usage to be slightly or significantly higher than planned.

Google is well-positioned to take advantage of the projected growth in this segment. The expanding infrastructure will eventually boost the company’s position in the cloud computing market, which is currently dominated by the likes of Amazon and Microsoft.

Poland’s deputy prime minister Jadwiga Emilewicz told the paper she estimated Google could invest $1.5 billion to $2 billion in the project.

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