The three data centres – with investment totalling $700 million ($A675 million) – will provide users with faster, more reliable access to various Google products, the internet search giant said as its Taiwan facility broke ground in the western county of Changhua.
Daniel Alegre, Google’s Asian-Pacific president, said at a ceremony that the infrastructure investment was meant to help the company meet the great potential of internet use in Asia.
“More new internet users are coming online every day here in Asia than anywhere else in the world,” he said. “They are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family.”
Google’s three Asian data centres will join its six in the United States and two in Europe.
Data centres are secure facilities packed with thousands of computers that store and serve vast amounts of information.
Google touts the new data centres as environmentally friendly, partly through the use of a nighttime cooling and thermal energy storage system that cools large quantities of water at night.
The three new centres will be up and running in 2013, the company said.