Aug 2, 2018
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In a bid to meet rapid user growth within the region, Google will build a third data centre in Singapore, which is set to be “one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly sites in Asia”.

Located in Jurong West, “just down the road” from its first two data centres – the US$350 million facility brings the internet giant’s total data centre investments in Singapore to US$850 million (S$1.16 billion), reported the New Paper.

Google revealed that the multi-storey building will be built on a plot of land the size of which is equal to the combined area of its first and second data centres.

Expected to come online in 2020, the new complex will leverage on machine learning to reduce energy usage, while utilising recycled water with 100 percent of waste diverted from landfills.

Google built its first Southeast Asia data centre within the city-state in 2011, while its second facility went operational in 2015. Last year, it opened a Google Cloud Platform region to serve enterprise customers as well as other clients.

“The pace hasn’t slowed. In the three years since our last update, more than 70 million people in Southeast Asia started getting online for the first time, bringing the region’s total to more than 330 million – that’s more than the whole population of the United States,” said Joe Kava, vice-president of Global Data Centres Google.

“More businesses are getting online too, which has meant quickly growing demand for our expanding Google Cloud Platform offerings,” he added, citing ride-hailing start-up Go-Jek, Singapore Airlines, travel search engine Wego and logistics firm Ninjavan.

While Google did not reveal how many new jobs would be created by the new data centre, its spokesman noted that the company is “actively hiring, with openings listed on our job site”.

Employing around 1,000 people here, the tech firm is advertising opening for roles like programme manager for data centre design, site director for hardware operations and data centre technician.

 

Romesh Navaratnarajah, Senior Editor at PropertyGuru, edited this story. To contact him about this or other stories, email romesh@propertyguru.com.sg

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