Google breaks ground on £475m data centre in Nevada, US


US-based technology giant Google has broken ground on a new $600m (£475m) data centre in the US state of Nevada.

The tech firm said that the new data centre and Google Cloud region will help the company to expand its footprint in the south-western US.

Expected to create new jobs in the area, the investment is also expected to help Google to better support its users and Cloud customers in Nevada. The new centre will become part of Google’s worldwide network of data centres. vice-president Jacquelline Fuller said: “Last year, I had the chance to kick off Grow with Google in Reno where we held in-person digital skills trainings for hundreds of Nevadans. And last week, our team returned to host more workshops in East Las Vegas and Carson City.

“Today, I’m back home in Nevada once more to break ground on our newest data center and Google Cloud region.”

Planned to be completed in 2020, the new data centre is part of the Google’s $13bn (£10.2bn) nationwide expansion in 2019 in data centres and offices across the country, with major expansions in 14 states.

Announced in February 2019, the £10.2bn investments will enable the company to hire tens of thousands of employees and create more than 10,000 new construction jobs in Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia, the firm said earlier.

At that time, in a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said: “With this investment, Google will have a home in 24 total states, including data centres in 13 communities. 2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.

“This growth will allow us to invest in the communities where we operate, while we improve the products and services that help billions of people and businesses globally.”

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