Google launches online data centers in Singapore and Taiwan

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Search engine giant Google announced that it has set up data centers in Taiwan and Singapore, which have gone online in order to serve the increasing number of Internet users in India and China. In 2011, the company said that it was planning its first data centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

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However, since then, Google backed out of establishing its operations in Hong Kong, saying that it could not scale its operations there. The data center which is located in Changhua County, Taiwan is the bigger one of the two Asian facilities. Joe Kava, the vice president for data centers confirmed that the company will be investing $600 million.

The data center will be employing 60 full-time workers, in addition to part-time and full-time contract staff. The cooling system chills down the water during the night at the Taiwan data center, when the temperature goes down. Reports say that demand for these data centers is mobile users-driven. Kava wrote, “Between July and September of this year alone, more than 60 million people in Asia landed on the mobile internet for the first time”.

The data center in Singapore is designed as Google’s first urban data center and is located close to a local primary school and publicly-run housing.

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