Google to invest $300 million in Hong Kong data centre

hongkongcitylogo Google to invest $300 million in Hong Kong data centre

Google is to invest $300 million in a data centre in Hong Kong, as the company launches plans to expand to a number of Asian countries.

Google is to invest $300 million in a data centre in Hong Kong, as the company launches plans to expand to a number of Asian countries.

 
The Hong Kong data centre will employ 25 full-time staff and is expected to be operational by early 2013. The investment will cover the cost of land, construction and technical equipment.
 
Hong Kong is a major technology centre in the region and represents a move into China without having to face the stricter rules and regulations imposed on the mainland. Google already has strained relations with the Chinese government over an alleged hacking of its email servers and Google's vocal concerns about censorship in the country. This led to Google redirecting users of the Google.cn search engine to Google.hk instead.
 
hongkongcitylogo Google to invest $300 million in Hong Kong data centre
 
Google also announced plans in September to build data centres in Singapore and Taiwan, which are expected to take one to two years to complete. It has not yet revealed what kind of money it will pump into these.
 
“We're working as quickly as we can to get this facility operational so we can keep up with rapid growth in capacity demand across the region,” said Simon Chang, head of hardware operations at Google Asia.
 
Source: Reuters