Google will open its first data center in Japan in 2023 – TechCrunch

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Google today announced that it will open its first data center in Japan by 2023. The company noted that this data center will be located in Inzai City, Chiba, and is part of its infrastructure fund of 730 million that will run until 2024. It is the company’s third data center in Asia after Taiwan and Singapore.

The company said this new data center will help people with “faster and more reliable access to our tools and services, support economic activity and jobs, and connect Japan to the rest of the global digital economy.” . Notably, Google already has cloud regions in Tokyo and Osaka to provide storage and infrastructure services to local businesses. The company partners with colocation facility providers like Equinix to power those regions for Google Cloud customers, but it’s now building its own data center to cater for all of its own services, including YouTube, Gmail, and all the rest.

In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would invest $730 million in local infrastructure through 2024. Pichai added that he had met with the Prime Minister. Fumio Kishida will share Google’s “Japan Digitization Initiative” plan, which includes infrastructure investments, digital training programs for businesses and individuals, and Google.org grants for various foundations.

Earlier this year, Google also announced the Topaz undersea cable project that connects Canada and Japan. An Analysis House study of the company’s infrastructure investments in the country released last month noted that it could result in an additional $303 billion in GDP between 2022 and 2026.

The announcement comes days after Google announced its first cloud region in Africa based in South Africa. The company also said it was building Cloud Interconnect sites in Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria) and South Africa (Capetown and Johannesburg) to connect on-premises networks to Google’s infrastructure. The company also announced new cloud regions in Malaysia, Thailand, and New Zealand in August.

In its second-quarter 2022 results, Google said its cloud division posted revenue of $6.3 billion with 35% year-over-year growth. However, losses also reached $858 billion with a jump of 45%.

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