Google Cloud has announced the opening of its new Google Cloud Platform (GCP) region in Seoul, South Korea, designed to support the giant’s Korean customers.

The Seoul region was first announced last year at the “Google Cloud Next” Conference in San Francisco. The new cloud region which features three availability zones, is now the first GCP region in South Korea and eighth in Asia Pacific. This facility brings Google Cloud’s operational regions to 21 with 64 zones across 16 countries globally.

According to the cloud giant, the launch of its new Seoul region also known as “asia-northeast3”, brings lower latency access to data and applications for both local and global companies doing business in South Korea. The region launches with GCP set of services which include Compute Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, Bigtable, Spanner, and BigQuery.

Providing all three zones from the start will enable Google Cloud customers and partners to run high availability workloads and store their data locally, the company adds.

“We’ve made an enormous investment in infrastructure, time and engineering to bring these out. Asia is a big area of growth not just for Google Cloud, but for cloud in general. So we’re investing heavily,” said Dominic Preuss, GCP’s director of product management during the announcement last year.

Google Cloud also called 2020 a tremendous year for GCP as it plans to expand the company’s global infrastructure with the rollout of more regions and availability zones throughout the year in locations such as Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, and Jakarta.

“At Bespin Global, we hold 100+ Google Cloud certifications in Korea and China and are the first Asia-Pacific-headquartered partner to achieve the status of Premier Partner and Managed Services Provider with Google Cloud,” said Hanjoo Lee, Co-founder and CEO of Bespin Global.

“This means the number of customers successfully introduced to Google Cloud through Bespin Global and the number of future customers that want to be introduced to Google Cloud have both increased. We expect even more activity with the launch of the Google Cloud Seoul region.”