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Google Cloud Expands Down Under

The great cloud building boom continues. On Tuesday, said its latest cloud data center facility in Sydney, Australia, is now operating.

Google’s new Australian facility, as well as new cloud data center farms in Tokyo in November and Singapore earlier this month, is part of a broader expansion plan announced in September.

In public cloud, a single provider rents computer server, storage, and networking capacity to many customers. Each facility, which typically encompasses several massive separate buildings, can easily cost more than a billion dollars, limiting the competition to a small number of players with deep pockets, led by Web...