Google readies data center in Taiwan

12/11/2013 11:11 AM
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Taipei, Dec. 11 (CNA) Google Inc. will inaugurate a data center in Taiwan later Wednesday that will be its most energy-efficient data processing facility to date.

"Building this data center in Taiwan is an exciting step for us. More new Internet users are coming online everyday here in Asia than anywhere else in the world," the U.S.-based search engine said on its official website.

Joe Kava, Google's vice president of data centers, and Scott Beaumont, the company's managing director of Greater China, are expected to attend the ceremony.

The company announced in September 2011 that it had acquired 15 hectares of land in Changhua County with plans to build a data center that would allow its users in Taiwan and across Asia to have "the fastest and most reliable access possible to all of Google's services."

The data center, in which Google said it is investing more than US$300 million, will be the company's first to save energy through a nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system.

Google said the center will provide jobs for around 25 full-time employees along with a number of part- and full-time contractors, such as computer technicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, and catering and security staff, when fully operational.

(By James Lee)ENDITEM/ls

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