Indonesia is one of the most creative, dynamic, and entrepreneurial countries in Southeast Asia. We’ve seen developers and enterprises embrace new cloud technology to solve their challenges and drive one of the fastest growing economies in the world. To better help our customers in Southeast Asia accelerate their growth, Google announced that its newest Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Jakarta is officially open.
Designed to support Indonesian customers and their end users, the Jakarta region is our first GCP region in Indonesia and ninth in Asia Pacific.
A cloud made for Indonesia
The launch of our Jakarta region (asia-southeast2) brings the best of GCP closer to our customers and users. With lower latency access to data and applications, companies doing business in Indonesia can accelerate their digital transformation. It will also help customers meet specific regulatory and compliance requirements, and provide more disaster recovery options for customers across APAC. The region has three Cloud zones from the start, enabling high availability workloads. With this region, Google Cloud now offers 24 regions and 73 zones across 17 countries worldwide.
Having a region in Jakarta will help new and existing customers in Indonesia leverage Google Cloud technologies to provide better experiences for local users. "Google Cloud already helps us to execute our digital banking strategy, which accelerates financial inclusion, and to provide better banking services for Indonesians,” said Indra Utoyo, Director of Digital, Information Technology and Operation at Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. “Right now, we are using Apigee, Google Maps Platform APIs, and Cloud Vision for our development purposes. Using a hybrid approach, in cloud and on-premises, both Google and BRI are putting data security as our highest priority. The Jakarta region launch reinforces Google's commitment and helps us reach out to our customers even better."
With a target to move 70% of workloads to the cloud within the next three years, telecommunications leader PT XL Axiata Tbk has adopted Anthos to automate, manage and scale workloads across its hybrid- and multi-cloud environments in a secure, consistent manner. “XL Axiata is committed to the modernization of our infrastructure to get more business agility and increase application deployment velocity. Anthos was a natural fit as it lets us adopt containers while letting Google, a leader in Kubernetes, manage our container infrastructure for us,” said Yessie D Yosetya, Chief Information and Digital Officer of XL Axiata.
Indonesia is home to many digital unicorns like Tokopedia who are disrupting their industries by transforming the way they provide digital services. "Google Cloud has enabled us to connect with 7+ million merchants and 90+ million monthly active users in over 97% of districts across this vast country. This collaboration presents us with an exciting opportunity to help Indonesians achieve more and to further democratize commerce through technology in Indonesia." said Tahir Hashmi, VP of Engineering of Tokopedia.
“In a rapidly evolving banking landscape, we are seeing more banks and financial institutions looking for cloud-native solutions,” said Myles Bertrand, Mambu’s Managing Director APAC at Mambu. “There is a greater understanding that when they run in the cloud they can be more responsive, agile, innovative and run at a lower cost. We believe our partnership with Google Cloud Platform will have a hugely positive impact on the digital banking space right across Asia Pacific.”
The Jakarta region launches with standard set of services, including Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud SQL, Cloud Storage, Cloud Spanner, Cloud Bigtable, and BigQuery. Developers, data scientists, and data engineers can also leverage ML and AI tools to take their projects from ideation to deployment, quickly and cost-effectively. Hybrid cloud customers can integrate new and existing deployments with help from our regional partner ecosystem, and via multiple Dedicated Interconnect locations.
Maju Sama-Sama is Google Indonesia’s motto and it means “advancing forward together.” As we all face unprecedented challenges at this time, Google Cloud is committed to partnering with Indonesians to build a resilient future. In addition to launching our new cloud region, we’re making additional commitments today to help develop the talent that’s critical to our customers’ digital transformation journey.
To help build a cloud-ready workforce, Google will deliver 150,000 hands-on training labs this year in Indonesia. These include access to GCP training sessions at no charge, credits and a range of career readiness initiatives like Juara GCP, our Cloud OnBoard training, and digital scholarships with Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to help people become GCP certified.
Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, Google has provisioned G Suite for Education to thousands of schools throughout Jakarta to support remote learning arrangements. To help everyone make the best of the new “classroom,” we’ve launched the Google Teach from Home central hub in Bahasa Indonesia, which provides information, training, and tools to help educators teach from home. Today, we also announced our commitment to work collaboratively with the Indonesian government to equip millions of educators and learners by provisioning access to G Suite for Education nationwide.