Google breaks ground on Taiwan datacentre

Summary:Google has started building a $300m (£189m) datacentre in Changhua County, Taiwan, to support expansion of its services across Asia.The datacentre will be Google's first to use a "nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system" and, when finished, will provide 25 full-time jobs, the company wrote in an FAQ document about the facility.

Google has started building a $300m (£189m) datacentre in Changhua County, Taiwan, to support expansion of its services across Asia.

The datacentre will be Google's first to use a "nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system" and, when finished, will provide 25 full-time jobs, the company wrote in an FAQ document about the facility.

"We anticipate this datacentre will evolve into a [cloud-computing technology] hub and will create a supply chain here in Taiwan," Chien Lee-feng, managing director of Google Taiwan, said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the datacentre on Wednesday, according to the Taipei Times. "This [datacentre] is just the beginning."

Google expects to complete construction by the end of 2013. The $300m outlay is up on the $100m Google had originally planned to spend on the facility, when it announced plans to build it and two others in Asia in September 2011.

Topics: Storage

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