Google Cloud has opened its latest data center region in Columbus, Ohio, enabling workload distribution across Central, Midwest, and Eastern US.

The new Columbus region offers immediate access to three zones or data centers, and Google Cloud’s set of products including Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Cloud Storage, Persistent Disk, CloudSQL, and Cloud Identity. This facility brings a second Google cloud region to the Midwest, the 10th region to North America, and raises the company’s global portfolio to 33 cloud region.

“Now open to Google Cloud customers, the Columbus region provides you with the speed and availability you need to innovate faster, build high-performing applications, and serve local customers — all on the cleanest cloud in the industry,” said  Stacy Trackey Meagher, Managing Director, Central Region, Google Cloud.

“In addition, you can integrate your on-premises workloads with our new region using Cloud Interconnect. This means that Columbus-based customers can expand globally from their front door, and those based outside the region can more easily reach their users in the Midwest.”

This announcement follows the opening of Google Cloud region in Toronto, Canada with the immediate offering of its Cloud Platform (GCP) products, including Compute Engine, App Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Bigtable, Spanner, and BigQuery. The Toronto cloud region which was opened in September 2021, joined Google Cloud flagship facility in Montreal which was opened in 2018, making it the company’s second cloud region in the country.

However, Google announced less than 2 months ago that it plans to invest about $9.5 billion in its offices and data centers across the US in 2022. As announced, this investment will be spread across Google’s offices and data center projects within the US which include sites in the South, East, Midwest, West and Central Regions.

Backed by its investment plans, Google Cloud is expected to announce and open more regions this year, including its next U.S. region in Dallas, Texas.