Google pumps $380M into second Singapore data center

Some 18 months after launching its first data center in Singapore, the tech giant says it's building another site to meet the region's growing web adoption, bringing its total investment to US$500 million.

Google has announced plans to build a second data center in Singapore to keep up with the region's growing web and mobile adoption, bringing its total investment in the country to US$500 million.

The tech giant launched its first data center in December 2013 with an investment of US$120 million. Located in Jurong West, the facility spans 2.45 hectare and features energy-efficient and eco-friendly components.

Since then, more than 400,000 Singaporeans came online for the first time and smartphone penetration climbed from 72 percent to 85 percent, said Google's vice president of data centers Joe Kava, in a blogpost Tuesday. He noted that most online users in the country had home connection speeds exceeding 100Mbps.

"And that's just Singapore. So, it's time to get building, again," Kava wrote, adding that the new and "larger" multi-storey data center would be located, on a similar plot size, next to the current one. The second site is slated to go live in mid-2017, he said. And like the current facility, the new data center will be designed to be eco-friendly, tapping only recycled water for its critical operation, he added.

"This expansion takes our long-term investment in our Singapore data center to US$$500 million and our long-term investment in data centers in Asia as a whole to over US$1 billion," Kava noted.

Google had spent US$600 million in its other Asia-Pacific data center located in Changhua, Taiwan, which was also launched in December 2013. It had earlier scrapped plans to build a US$300 million facility in Hong Kong due to a lack of land for expansion.

Google's tongue-in-cheek suggestion of what the new data center could, "or not", look like.