Google eyes additional European datacentres

Google is mulling further European expansion as demand for its services grows.The company may expand its datacentre footprint in Europe from two wholly-owned facilities to scale up its services, Google's senior vice president of operations Urs Holzle told ZDNet UK on Tuesday.

Google is mulling further European expansion as demand for its services grows.

The company may expand its datacentre footprint in Europe from two wholly-owned facilities to scale up its services, Google's senior vice president of operations Urs Holzle told ZDNet UK on Tuesday.

"Right now we've got two datacentres in Europe, I think over time that will become three or four," Holze said. "I don't see that becoming hundreds, because that's hard to manage."

At the moment, Google operates a wholly-owned seawater-cooled facility in Finland and another free-cooled one in Belgium. It also has a small co-location facility in Dublin.

"Part of efficiency is to not have too much or too little," Holzle said. "You want to have predictable growth in there, matched to demand."

Additionally, Google has purchased expansion land in Austria, Holzle said, but has no plans at the time of writing to do anything specific with it.

Google’s range of services are underpinned by a worldwide network of datacentres. The company has recently announced plans for YouTube to start allowing users to stream video live, and the division is also reportedly preparing to launch a video-on-demand service in partnership with Hollywood studios. The company also needs to deliver its popular search, Gmail and Google Apps services.

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