Google to build Asia data centres as market surges

Sep 28, 2011
Google logo is seen here at the company's headquarters in Mountain View, California. Google said it will build three data centres in Asia at a cost of more than $200 million, as the number of Internet users in the region soars along with stiff competition from rivals.

Google said it will build three data centres in Asia at a cost of more than $200 million, as the number of Internet users in the region soars along with stiff competition from rivals.

Google plans to build the new centres in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong on a total of 22.6 hectares (56 acres) of land, the firm said. It currently owns and operates data centres in the US and Europe, but none in Asia.

The centres usually house computer and telecom systems with high security and backup power supplies and will improve the firm's service to customers in the region, it said.

"The number of users and the amount of in Asia is growing faster than anywhere else in the world," Taj Meadows, Google's Asia-Pacific policy communications manager, told AFP on Wednesday.

"A large number of users are coming online every day."

The search engine giant has faced stiff competition in Asia, particularly in the China market where domestic search services, including , are household names to a 485 million-strong internet population -- the world's largest.

A study released by the Economist Intelligence Unit on Tuesday said Asian economies are closing the gap on the West in terms of their IT competitiveness, as they strengthen and implement regulatory reforms.

The study said the US retained its position as the world's most competitive IT industry, but seven Asian economies made it to the top 20, including Singapore, which ranked third overall, as well as Australia, Taiwan and Japan.

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fmfbrestel
not rated yet Sep 28, 2011
I heard a funny quote from a google executive talking about the scale of their (and others) data centers. It went something like: "there is the scale where you realize you need a petabyte of storage, and have to write a business case to justify the expense. And then there is getting a call at 2am from a panicked employee because you only have petabyte of storage remaining."

Google brags about all the data they have, but really they have too much, and so do a lot of companies. The first to figure out how to really exploit data on such a huge scale wins the prize.

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