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September 24, 2014

Google to Spend $773M to Open Netherlands Data Center

Google image — A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Google's new data centre site in the Eemshaven with Dutch Economics Minister Henk Kamp, right.

Google, over the next four years, will spend $773 million constructing a data center in the Netherlands for its European operations.

The company, in a blog post, said the data center is scheduled to be operational in the first half of 2016 and fully operational the following year. There are to be 150 employees in various roles such as IT, engineering and security.

“This will be Google’s fourth hyper-efficient facility in Europe,” head of data center community relations in Europe William Echikson said in a blog post. “Importantly, demand for Internet services remains so strong that the new building does not mean a reduction in expansion elsewhere. Our expansion will continue in Dublin in Ireland, in Hamina in Finland, and in St. Ghislain in Belgium. Our existing rented data center facility in Eemshaven also will continue to operate.”

The new center will have the latest designs in cooling and electrical technology. It will be free-cooled — meaning it will take advantage of natural assets like cool air and grey water to keep the servers cool.

“Our data centers use 50 percent less energy than a typical data center — and our intention is to run this new facility on renewable energy,” Echikson said.

The Eemshaven center will be the fourth “hyper-efficient” facility Google has opened in Europe. The company opened its first European data center in 2007 and, since then, has been on the lookout for supportive communities with the necessary land, workforce, networking, choice of power and other utilities including renewable energy supplies.

“Importantly, demand for Internet services remains so strong that the new building does not mean a reduction in expansion elsewhere,” Echikson said. “Our expansion will continue in Dublin in Ireland, in Hamina in Finland, and in St. Ghislain in Belgium. Our existing rented data center facility in Eemshaven also will continue to operate.”


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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