US internet giant Google has announced it will set up a third data centre in Singapore in order to expand its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) capabilities in Southeast Asia.
In a blog post published today, the company said demand for GCP has been growing quickly. The platform’s extensive and varied clientele include major corporations like Singapore Airlines, as well as startups, including Ninjavan, WEGO, GO-JEK and Carousell.
Google’s will invest US$350 million into establishing its new data centre. It will be located in Jurong West, close to its first two data centres, which was built in 2011 and 2015 respectively.
The company says it will feature “the latest machine learning technology to reduce energy use and will use recycled water, diverting 100 per cent of the data centre’s waste away from landfill”.
Google did not specify how many new jobs will be created as a result of the new data centre. But it mentioned briefly that it is “looking forward” to growing its small team at the data centres.
Additionally, the company wants its data centre team to expand their ties with the local community. Previously, one of its data centre “googlers”, Haikal Fadly, conducted a STEM workshop at the Zhenghua Secondary School (located near the data centre). They also conducted a “Walk for Rice” hosted by the St Joseph’s Home for the Aged.