Google to set up a third data center in Singapore, invests USD 350m

The world’s biggest search engine company Google confirmed reports of constructing a third data center in Singapore. The company is set to rapidly grow its global infrastructure as more businesses and consumers are expected to come online, signifying a rising demand for cloud services.

According to reports, the company has commenced work on its third center in Jurong West, not too far from its first two buildings. The company’s long-term investment in local data centers now amounts to $850 million. Earlier, its investments equaled $500 million during the announcement of its second data center back in 2015.

According to Mr. Joe Kava, Google’s Vice President of Global Data Centers, the pace of growth in users and usage of cloud services hasn’t slowed one bit. Over the last three years, over 70 million people in Southeast Asia started going online, bringing the region’s total to more than 330 million users, which is more than the entire population of the United States.

With references to customers like Go-Jek, Wego, Singapore Airline and Carousell, Mr. Kava mentioned that a majority of businesses are going online which has led to an increase in the demand for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services.

Sources familiar with the development claim that the third data center will be up and running in 2020. The multi-story building will be in line with Google’s global approach and is likely to be among the most eco-friendly and efficient offices of the firm in Asia. Primarily, it will use the latest machine-learning technology to decrease energy usage and recycled water will be utilized with 100 percent of waste diverted from landfills.

The firm chose not to disclose the number of new jobs that would be created due to the proposed data center but confirmed that it plans to grow its small team in Singapore. As per sources, the company’s job portal displayed vacancies for data center technicians, site director for hardware operations and program manager for data center design.