Saudi Aramco Development Company, a subsidiary of Aramco, has teamed up with Google Cloud to offer “high-performance, low-latency” cloud services to enterprise customers in Saudi Arabia.
As part of a strategic alliance agreement signed between Saudi Aramco Development Company and Google Cloud signed this month, the Kingdom is being added to the global network of Google Cloud Platform regions.
Google Cloud will establish and operate a new cloud region in Saudi Arabia. A new company will be formed following all required regulatory clearances to supply cloud solutions and services to enterprise customers, with an emphasis on businesses inside Saudi Arabia. This new cloud region would allow organizations nationwide to grow and scale their offerings, while delivering digital products and services “faster and more reliably.”
“We are committed to helping businesses modernize and accelerate their digital transformations with Google Cloud,” said Thomas Kurian, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google Cloud. “With this agreement, Google Cloud’s innovative technology and solutions will be available to global customers and enterprises in Saudi Arabia to enable them to better serve end consumers.”
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“We live in a world driven by data, and it is essential that companies not only have secure infrastructure to protect enterprise data, but also the tools that enable them to make the best use of it,” said Ahmad Al Sa’adi, Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Aramco. “Bringing Google Cloud to Saudi Arabia will deliver significant benefits, both now and in the future, and we are grateful to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology for supporting this initiative. The future of Saudi Arabia’s business transformation and growth depends on its ability to successfully leverage cloud services.”
The collaboration would tap into rapidly expanding cloud services demand in Saudi Arabia, which is forecasted to reach a market opportunity up to $10 billion by 2030. Increased dependence on online services during the COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the shift toward digital solutions.