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Databricks expands availability on Google Cloud for APAC

By Catherine Knowles
Thu 3 Mar 2022

Databricks has expanded its availability of Databricks on Google Cloud for customers across Asia Pacific, with availability on Google Cloud’s Singapore and Sydney regions.

It is now easier for organisations across Southeast Asia to leverage Databricks on Google Cloud to create a lakehouse capable of data engineering, data science, machine learning, and analytics on Google Cloud’s network, the company states.

Hundreds of customers across every industry are now leveraging the Databricks Lakehouse Platform on Google Cloud, following the partnership's initial launch last year.

The Southeast Asia expansion is a reflection of growing demand from customers looking to adopt an open, modern lakehouse architecture and accelerate their cloud data strategy, the company states.

Junjun Olympia, head of product and platform engineering of True Analytics, True Digital Group says, “For True Analytics (a business under True Digital Group), finding valuable insights from massive amounts of data is essential for creating world class B2B products and services that delight our customers in Asia Pacific.

"Databricks on Google Cloud provides a lakehouse for our data engineers, data scientists and analysts to consolidate, collaborate, analyse, and use all of our global data to experiment and innovate quickly. We’re excited to see leaders like Google Cloud and Databricks come together to streamline and simplify getting value from data.”

Databricks on Google Cloud is tightly integrated with Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Google Big Query, Looker, Google Cloud Storage and Pub/Sub, giving customers the flexibility and access to their choice of data analytics services.

With this expansion, businesses across Southeast Asia and Australia can extend their existing Databricks lakehouse capabilities and can cross-leverage Google BigQuery for analytics, simplifying data investments with an open, modern data platform for all of their analytics use cases, according to the company.

Databricks head of South Asia Andrew Martin says, “Databricks continues to make significant investments in building our local capabilities in Singapore to meet the future needs of Southeast Asia’s rapidly growing data and AI communities. From fast-growing digital natives to large global enterprises, we continue to see incredible demand across the region.

"We are excited to work with Google to help accelerate our customers' data and AI journey in this region together.”

Google Cloud head of APAC technology, ISV and solutions partnerships Amitabh Jacob says, "Cloud-driven transformation will underpin Southeast Asia's growing Internet economy that is expected to be at $1 trillion by the end of the decade.

"Our strategic collaboration with Databricks to deliver lakehouse architecture on Google Cloud's regional, scalable platform, and combined expertise in data engineering and AI-driven analytics, will enable companies to harness the power of data and tap into evolving digital models."

Such capabilities will be especially critical for Southeast Asia that represents Asia Pacific's fastest-growing digital economy, the company states.

Recent findings from Deloitte forecast the adoption of cloud services to contribute a further US$160 billion to the Asia Pacific economy from 2020 to 2024.

Databricks and Google Cloud also have an existing ecosystem of joint partners that deliver integrations and expertise across the platforms, including, Accenture, Cognizant, Deloitte, Informatica, Qlik, Tableau, TCS and Trifacta.

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