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Google starts 3rd Asian data center in Taiwan

Apr. 5, 2012 (China Knowledge) - The global search engine giant Google Inc has kicked off construction on its third Asia-located cloud-computing center in Changhua, Taiwan with an investment of US$300 million, tripling its previous US$100-million budget made last September.

The center, which is expected to be put into operation in the second half of 2013, is part of Google's plans to spend US$700 million to provide users with faster, more reliable access to various Google products in Taiwan.

The long-term US$700-million investment is a bet in Asia for its vast potential, said Daniel Alegre, president of Google's Asia-Pacific region operations.

Google's first two Asian data centers are in Hong Kong and Singapore, and both under construction. The three Asian data centers will join the six in the U.S. and two in Europe, said a person familiar with the matter.

The Taiwanese suppliers of Google include Quanta Computer Inc and Nanya Technology Corp, which supply the search engine giant with servers and memory chips, respectively, sources reported.

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