Google has announced that it is expanding its data centre in Singapore with the addition of a second large multi-level data centre next to its current site.
The move was prompted by a significant increase in data usage in Singapore and across the globe. It also comes barely 18 months after Google’s first data storage facility in Singapore started operations.
“This expansion takes our long-term investment in our Singapore data center to USD 500 million and our long-term investment in data centers in Asia as a whole to over USD 1 billion,” wrote Joe Kava, Google’s vice president of data centres, in a blog post.
He also revealed that the new facility would be built on similar principles as the current one. It will be one of Asia’s most efficient and environmentally friendly sites, and it will use 100 per cent recycled water in its critical operations.
Singapore is one of Google’s two data centre locations in Asia; the other one is in Taiwan.
More than 400,000 first-time internet users went online in Singapore last year. This works out to an increase of 10 per cent from a year ago, which is an astounding number given that Singapore has an internet penetration rate of 80 per cent, he said.
Many consumers are also using their smartphones to go online. In fact, smartphone penetration in Singapore increased from 70 per cent in 2013 to 85 per cent in 2014.
“More users going online means more demand for data capacity, hence our expansion to keep up with demand,” he said.