Earlier this week, Google announced the expansion of its global data fleet with the building of its new, soon-to-be data center located on a 15-Hectare site in Changhua Country, situated on the West Coast of Taiwan. This will be Google’s third data center located in Asia, with the other two facilities located in Hong Kong and Singapore. Google’s world-wide data fleet is composed of eleven data centers which are scattered across multiple countries and cities, with the majority of the aggregate located in the United States.
Google set out to build its data center triad to accommodate the growing number of internet users within the Asia-Pacific geographic. In addition, Google dons the number two ranking for search engine users in Taiwan, a number that is continuing to grow while the number one ranking is awarded to Baidu, a China-based search engine.
“More new Internet users are coming online everyday here in Asia than anywhere else in the world,” says Daniel Alegre, Google’s Asian-Pacific president in a prepared statement. “They are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family.”
Google is expecting the facility to be completed by the second half of 2013, with an investment price tag of around US$300-million, which includes any future maintenance and operational expenditures. Google is estimating the full cost of the trio to exceed US$700-million.
The facility is said to be the most efficient and economically friendly data center in Asia, expending fifty-percent less energy than typical facilities. The data center will utilize a nighttime cooling mechanism, “thermal energy storage”, to cut the energy expenses of the facility. This will be the first implementation of the “thermal energy storage” cooling technique at a Google data center. In addition, the new facility is expected to generate twenty-five, full-time and part-time jobs while also employing a number of services from part-time and full-time contractors.
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