Google plans to establish its first data center in Japan by 2023. The company announced that this data center will be based in Inzai City, Chiba, and that it will be funded by a $730 million infrastructure fund that will last until 2024.
After Singapore and Taiwan, the aforementioned data center will be the third in Asia for the company. The new data center will also provide individuals with faster, more dependable access to their tools and services, boost economic activity and jobs, and connect Japan to the rest of the global digital economy, according to the company.
Notably, Google currently offers storage and infrastructure services for local enterprises in its cloud regions in Tokyo and Osaka. In order to power these regions for Google Cloud customers, the company collaborates with colocation facility providers like Equinix. However, it is currently building its own data center to support all of its own services, including YouTube, Gmail, and the rest.
In a blog post, Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, stated that the company will invest a $730 million investment in local infrastructure through 2024. Additionally, he mentioned that he had a meeting with Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to discuss Google’s “Japan Digitization Initiative,” which entails infrastructure investments, digital training courses for individuals and businesses, and Google.org funding for various foundations.
Furthermore, Google also introduced the Topaz undersea cable project, which links Canada and Japan, earlier this year. According to research by Analysis Maison published last month on the company’s infrastructure investments in the country, between 2022 and 2026, the GDP may increase by $303 billion.
Days before this news, Google announced the launch of its first cloud region in Africa, which is situated in South Africa. In order to link the on-premises networks to Google’s infrastructure, the company also announced that it is constructing Cloud Interconnect locations in Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria), and South Africa (Capetown and Johannesburg).
The business also unveiled additional cloud regions in Malaysia, Thailand, and New Zealand in August. Google said in its Q2 2022 earnings that its cloud division had sales of $6.3 billion, up 35% year over year. However, losses also increased by 45% to $858 billion.