ITEM: Google is expanding its data center presence outside the US with three new site – all of them in Asia.
Google announced Wednesday that it had bought land in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan in order to build a data center in each market, which Google said would provide both local and regional users with “faster and more reliable access” to Google’s services.
“More people are coming online every day in Asia than in any other part of the world, so locating data centers here is an important next stage of Google’s investment in the region,” Google said in a statement.
The growth of mobile internet and cloud computing in the region is also driving Google’s expansion plans, as well as a general data center boom around the globe, reports the Financial Times Tech Hub blog.
Google has six data centers in the US, but only two outside the country – one on Finland and the other in Belgium.
Also, by perhaps no coincidence, Asia is one region where Google still faces healthy local competition, reports Network World. It’s the most popular web site in Singapore, but trails behind Yahoo and Facebook in both Hong Kong and Taiwan, according to web traffic monitoring service Alexa. Google also faces heavy competition in China from Baidu.
Google was mum on details or timelines, as plans haven't been finalized with its local partners and the governments of each market, but said it expected to spend over $200 million on the new data centers, and that they’ll take between one to two years to become fully operational, barring unforeseen delays.