Google ups game against AWS with $672m investment in new Finnish data centre
New investment set to bring Google’s data centre CAPEX in Finland to nearly $1.5bn where it already owns and operates one of the most advanced cloud centres in the world.
Google has unveiled plans to build a $672m data centre in Hamina, 145Km east from the capital Helsinki and even closer to the Russian border.
The new facility joins an already existing data centre operational in the same Finnish town where the Alphabet Inc.’s subsidiary has already deployed $800m in capital.
Google’s Finland country head Antti Jarvinen said: “The demand for Google services is growing daily and we are building our data centre infrastructure to match this demand.”
Demand for more cloud services and faster access to data is forcing Google and its rivals to expand worldwide. And Google is on a quest to expand its footprint as quick as possible as rivals AWS and Microsoft also spread their portfolios.
Details of the new facility have not yet been disclosed, however, taking into account the proximity to the first Google data centre in the region and how the company considers this to be one of its most efficient, it is possible that the new building will use the same cooling system which relies on seawater from the Gulf of Finland.
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