Google starts construction of Taiwan data center

Web titan makes largest data center investment in Asia-Pacific at US$300 million, expects facility to commence operations by end of 2013, report states.

Google yesterday unveiled its third Asian data center in Taiwan to meet fast-growing demand for Internet usage in Asia, with an investment of US$300 million.

According to a Taipei Times report Wednesday , the investment will make this facility the largest of its kind in Asia-Pacific. Construction of the Taiwanese center is scheduled to complete early next year and commence operations by the end of next year. The search giant also said it planned to hire 25 full-time staff after the facility starts full operations. 

This is also the third of its kind in Asia, with the other two data centers currently under construction in Hong Kong and Singapore. Google had initially said in a statement last September that it would spend US$100 million on a data center in Taiwan.

"Our long-term investment of more than US$700 million is a bet that Asia is just scratching the surface of the Internet's potential and that these data centers will help to enable the accelerating impact the Internet is having on lives and businesses across Asia," Daniel Alegre, president of Google's Asia-Pacific region operations, said at the opening ceremony in Changhua County.

He added that the aim of data center operations is to "try to get as close to Internet consumers as possible", and also reiterated that Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing regions in terms of global Internet users.

The data center could also open the door for more cooperation between Google and local technology companies in the future, Chien Lee-feng, Google Taiwan managing director also noted. It will set the scene for an alliance in the cloud-computing technology area between the company and Taiwan's IT industry as local firms are good at producing servers and Internet equipment, he added.

Google's local suppliers include Quanta Computer, a server supplier and Nanya Technology, a server memory chip supplier.


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