The cooling system at Google's new data centre in Taiwan

Google opens first Asian data centres

Google has announced that its first data centres in Asia are up and running as it looks to capitalise on growing web use in the region.

The two new centres are based in Taiwan and Singapore and represent the culmination of plans first conceived by the technology giant two years ago, to keep up with Asia’s rapid Internet growth.

“The number of Internet users in India doubled, from 100 million to 200 million. It took six years to achieve that milestone in the US,” said Joe Kava, vice president of Data Centres, in a blog post.

“Between July and September of this year alone, more than 60 million people in Asia landed on the mobile Internet for the first time. That’s almost two Canadas, or three Australias. And this growth probably won’t slow for some time, since the majority of people that have yet to come online also happen to live in Asia.”

The company has announced that it will invest $600m (£370m) in the long term at the Taiwan centre, the larger of the two, which is located in Changhua County about three hours from capital Taipei.

In the blog post Kava said the centre is designed to be one of Asia’s most efficient and environmentally friendly data centres – helped by a unique cooling system that cools water at night, when temperatures are lower, before storing it in large insulated tanks and pumping it around the facility to cool the servers during the day.

The smaller Singapore facility is the firm’s first multi-story data centre, a design necessitated by a small footprint and its urban location.

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