Google signals datacentre doubling

Summary:Google may be ramping up spending on datacentres, though whether the money is going on new sites or upgrading existing ones is unknown.In Google's quarter two financial results (Q2 2010) the search titan disclosed that it had made $476m (£312m) in capital expenditures, the "majority of which was related to IT infrastructure investments, including datacentres, servers and networking equipment.

Google may be ramping up spending on datacentres, though whether the money is going on new sites or upgrading existing ones is unknown.

In Google's quarter two financial results (Q2 2010) the search titan disclosed that it had made $476m (£312m) in capital expenditures, the "majority of which was related to IT infrastructure investments, including datacentres, servers and networking equipment."

Datacentre Knowledge has pointed out that this figure is over double the capital expenditure of the previous quarter, marks Google's heaviest period of capital spending since Q2 2008 and that capital expenditure has a strong correlation to overall datacentre investment.

A Google spokesperson told ZDNet UK on Tuesday that: "Innovative products are crucial for our users and require significant computing power. As a result, Google invests heavily in technical facilities and has dozens of facilities around the world with many computers. However, we don’t disclose exact numbers or locations of facilities or computers."

Topics: Storage

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