Google just announced that it will be building three brand new data centers in the Asia Pacific region.
Land has been purchased in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore with construction costs estimated in the $100 million range for each project.
Taj Meadows, Google’s policy communications manager in Asia, said: “Asia’s the fastest growing market for Internet users and Internet usage so we’re seeing large numbers of new users coming online every day.”
The growing consumption and need for more online services is driving growth in the region as is the popularity of cloud-based computing, especially as users become more comfortable using browser-based services and become more reliant on online backup and storage.
Growing adoption of smartphones, tablets and cloud centric laptops such as the Google Chromebooks will obviously contribute to the need for faster and more reliable access to the Internet.
It’s expected that the data centers, which are Google’s first in the region, will take about two years, though no firm dates have been discussed.