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Google opens its first Asian data centers

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To help meet demand for Asia's growing Internet demand, Google announced this week that it has opened two new data centers, one in Taiwan and another in Singapore. 

In India alone, Google says that the number of Internet users has doubled from 100 million to 200 million in the two years Google spent developing the data centers. That feat took six years in the United States. Throughout Asia, mobile Internet use was 60 million between July and September this year, with mobile traffic expected to grow by 11-times by 2019 [pdf].

While the two data centers have the same goals of providing more reliable service, they have very different looks. The data center in Changhua County, Taiwan is located on a 15 hectares of land surrounded by wind turbines. That along with a thermal energy storage system make the $600 million data center "one of the Asia's most efficient and environmentally friendly data centers," according to Google. In Singapore, the data center is a multi-level building in an urban setting -- an unusual design for a data center.

Plans for a third data center in Hong Kong have been scrapped.

Photo: Google 

— By on December 11, 2013, 12:09 PM PST

Tyler Falk

Contributing Editor

Tyler Falk freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure