Thursday, November 23, 2017

Google sets eyes on Taiwan for hyperscale data centre

New site could follow a $600m investment in Taiwan which started in 2011 with the beginning of the construction of Google’s first regional data centre.

Google (Nasdaq: Googl) is reportedly considering setting up a data centre in Taiwan to expand its cloud and storage services.

The intention to establish the data centre has been reported by Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CAN), citing Taiwan’s Minister of Economy Steve Chen.

According to the minister himself, the government has reserved a piece of land in the Changpin Industrial Park in Changhwa, western Taiwan, for the development.

Chen also confirmed that Taiwan will offer incentives – similar to what happens in the US – around land taxes, for example.

The government also said the country’s electricity supply was stable to support such IT facility.

According to the Central News Agency, Google has researched about 18 different locations to build the facility including Japan and South Korea.

However, the news agency affirms that company seems to be interested in Taiwan and the possibility of setting up the data centre there.

If confirmed, the new data centre in the Changpin Industrial Park will be Google’s second in Taiwan.

The company originally announced its first site in September 2011 and in December 2013 it opened what was a $600m long-term investment in the region.

In its website, the company explains that it chose Taiwan for being a leading high-tech hub, with a history of supporting innovation and foreign investment, and a location right in the heart of Asia.

“To power its high-tech industry and thriving Internet economy, Taiwan has invested in reliable infrastructure, innovative world-class talent and a stable and accommodating regulatory environment,” the company said.

“As with all of our facilities around the world, we chose Changhua County following a thorough and rigorous site selection process, taking many technical and other considerations into account, including location, infrastructure, workforce, reasonable business regulations and cost.”