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Malaysia and India fight over Google Server Farm

The Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi confirmed that Google has expressed a keen interest in setting up a base in Malaysia, in an interview in Davos during the World Economic Forum.

According to Google's internal statistical data, Malaysians are the biggest users of Google in Southeast Asia.

Malaysia is set to battle out India and Vietnam in a bid to be Google's pad in Asia.

Both India and Vietnam are also potential candidates: Both countries possess the necessary technical and engineering expertise and are confirmed players in the worldwide Outsourcing market.

The server farm will be Google's biggest according to the New Straits Times (via Redorbit (opens in new tab)) and will be a contender to the title of biggest server farm in the world against Microsoft's own data processing centre and another one in Scotland.

Some sources have also said that Google is looking for an area of more than 100 hectares, with uninterrupted electrical supply and "huge" broadband capacity.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.