Google to build second Singapore data centre

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Google to build second Singapore data centre
Google's proposed new data centre

Pushes regional data centre investment to US$1 billion.

Google will build a second data centre in Singapore next-door to its existing facility, with plans to have the centre operational by mid-2017.

The company's first Singaporean data centre was opened in 2013 at an estimated cost of US$120 million (A$156 million).

The new data centre will bring Google’s investment in its Singaporean infrastructure to US$500 million, and investment in Asia to US$1 billion. 

In a blog post today, Google vice president of data centres Joe Kava said the facility would use 100 percent recycled water for its critical operations.

The facility will boast multiple levels and will sit on around two hectares of land, directly next to the existing three-story facility. 

Google has 13 data centres globally, across the US, Europe and Asia.

The new Singapore facility is the second to be announced by Google in the last year - the company is spending A$870 million on a new centre in The Netherlands.

Google has so far resisted the pull from Australia to set up shop down under.

Such a move would follow the lead of Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and IBM, who have all started offering their products from local facilities in the past few years.

Google's main competitor in the enterprise space, Microsoft, migrated Office 365 to Australian data centres earlier this year. The company also gave customers the option to move existing CRM Online customers to locally-based data centres.

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