Inc — Google is planning to rapidly expand its data center business as it looks to catch up with Amazon and Microsoft. The Mountain View company announced in a blog post on Tuesday that it is expanding the Google Cloud Platform to 12 more regions between now and the end of 2017. In order to do that, it must open new data centers in each of the regions it wants to move into. The first of the new Google data centers will be opened in Oregon, America, and Tokyo, Japan. They will be up and running by the end of 2016, while the remaining 10 will go live by the end of 2017.