The company previously announced the data center in September as part of plans to construct a total of three facilities in the Asia-Pacific region. However, the price wasn’t revealed until just recently.
“Building this data center in Hong Kong is an exciting step for us. More new Internet users are coming online every day here in Asia than anywhere else in the world. They are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family near and far,” Google stated on the data center section of their website.
Continuing, Google said, “We’re building this data center to make sure that our users in Hong Kong and across Asia have the fastest and most reliable access possible to all of Google’s services, so they can do just that.”
The first part of 2013 is set for the data center’s launch.
In Kowloon, Hong Kong, the facility will be constructed on 2.7 hectares of property. The company also says the facility will serve as “one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly in Asia.”
The data center will be the company’s first in the Asia-Pacific region. However, future Google data centers are expected in Taiwan and Singapore. Google currently has six facilities in the U.S. along with two in Europe.
The Hong Kong site will provide for twenty-five full time jobs.
Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including: Gmail, Maps and YouTube. Most of its Web-based products are free, funded by Google’s highly integrated online advertising platforms AdWords and AdSense. Google promotes the idea that advertising should be highly targeted and relevant to users thus providing them with a rich source of information.