Google has announced plans to install a new data center in Chile, a US$150 million (CLP 71,175,000,000) project that signifies a long-term investment in the region.
Construction has already begun on the site, which is located in Quilicura in northern Santiago. The center is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.
The facility will join similar operations in the United States, Finland, Belgium, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. The new facility is being built in order to ensure fast and reliable service to Google users across Latin America.
Google data centers house computers that store and serve data, keeping the company’s products and services up and running and enabling users to access their tools from anywhere as long as they have an internet connection.
Chile was selected for the new facility following a “thorough and rigorous site selection process,” according to a post on Google’s website. In the end, the country was chosen for its business climate and innovative environment.
“Chile offers an ideal combination of reliable infrastructure, a skilled workforce and a commitment to transparent and business friendly regulations. Chile also fosters an atmosphere of innovation, and in recent years has developed cutting edge policies and programs that encourage the growth of the Internet,” said the company.
The head of Chile’s Department of Telecommunications, Jorge Atton, told El Mercurio that the new Google data center will improve connections within the region.
“This will allow users to be closer to the content of this platform, which will mean faster response times,” he said.
The new data center will create about 20 jobs at the Quilicura site. Google will also be contributing US$50,000 (CLP 23,725,000) to the municipality of Quilicura, “to upgrade the IT infrastructure of three schools and the municipal community center,” Google spokeswoman Kate Hurowitz, told Wired Magazine.
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