Google Eyes Cloud Growth with Data Center, Sales Investments
Google is taking some big swings as it looks to accelerate the growth of its public cloud business, planning an investment of $13 billion in data centers and offices in the United States while at the same time promising to put more money and people behind their sales efforts around the cloud.
The new data centers will serve the vast array of online services the hyperscale company offers, including its Google Cloud business. In a blog, Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote that the $13 billion that will be spent this year follows $9 billion invested in 2018 to grow the company’s footprint in the U.S. This year, the goal includes major expansions in four states: Massachusetts, California, Virginia and Illinois.
With those investments, Google will have a presence in 24 states, with data centers in 13 communities. The expansion plans include new data centers in Nevada, Nebraska, Texas and Ohio, and added infrastructure in current data centers in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia.
“This growth will allow us to invest in the communities where we operate, while we improve the products and services that help billions of people and businesses globally,” Pichai wrote. “Our new data-center investments, in particular, will enhance our ability to provide the fastest and most reliable services for all our users and customers.”
At the same time, new Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian told attendees at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco this week that the company is increasing its investments in sales as it looks to better challenge Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the booming global public cloud market.
According to CNBC, Kurian – the former Oracle executive who took over his new job in November, replacing Diane Greene – said at the conference that “you will see us accelerate the growth even faster than we have to date. … We are hiring some of the best talent from around the industry to grow our sales organization, and you will see us competing much more aggressively as we go forward.”
Kurian, who is in charge of not only the Google Cloud Platform – its public cloud offering – but also the G Suite of business applications, also talked about the push to grow the number of channel partners it works with.
In the worldwide public cloud race, Google is in third place behind AWS – whose market share of almost 40 percent is more than that of the next four competitors (Azure, Google, IBM and Alibaba) combined – and Azure, according to analysts at Synergy Research Group. In the fourth quarter, four of the top five – excluding IBM – saw their market shares grow at the expense of small and midsize cloud providers, the analysts found.
In all, global spending on cloud-infrastructure services last year grew 48 percent over 2017, Synergy reported.
In the fourth quarter, both AWS and Azure saw sharp revenue gains. Over the final three months of 2018, AWS generated $7.4 billion in revenue, a 45 percent jump year-over-year. Azure’s revenues increased 76 percent, and while Microsoft doesn’t break out Azure revenue, Canalys analysts estimated it at about $4 billion. Google said earlier this month that its cloud business is one of the fastest-growing within parent company Alphabet and that the company last year doubled the number of …