AsianScientist (Sep. 28, 2011) – Google announced today plans to build its first proprietary Asia-Pacific data centers in Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. It has also begun advertising for Asia-Pacific data center project managers.
For its Hong Kong center, the Internet search company announced that it had acquired 2.7 hectares of land in Kowloon to build a data center that would provide users across Asia more reliable access to Google’s services.
While it could not provide specific timelines nor figures as it was still finalizing plans, the company revealed that the facility will be operational within one to two years of construction.
Investment in the data centers in Hong Kong and Taiwan would exceed $100 million each, it said. It did not give a figure for the Singapore center.
The company expects to hire 5-20 full time staff at the Hong Kong and Taiwan centers, and be among the most efficient and environmentally friendly in Asia.
Citing increased online traffic from Asia, the company said in a press statement that locating data centers here was a natural step, and “an important next stage of Google’s investment in the region.”
A Singapore site for the data center – a 2.45 hectare plot on Jurong Island – has been chosen.
For its Taiwan data center, Google will acquire 15 hectares of land in Changhua County.
Google already has 15 offices and thousands of employees across the Asia Pacific region, including an office in Hong Kong. The company owns six data centers in the United States, one in Belgium, and one in Finland.
Source: Google, Inc.
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