Google has announced its plans to invest more than $200 million to open three data centers in Asia.
The company said that it has acquired land in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong to construct the data centers, which can be readied in the next two years.
According to an article on Computer World, Taj Meadows, Google’s policy communications manager for Asia Pacific, claims the data centers will be the company’s first proprietary data centers in Asia and will be owned and operated by the company.
Google believes that opening local data centers in the region will allow it to provide faster and more reliable access to its customers.
"The number of users and the amount of Internet use in Asia is growing faster than anywhere else in the world. A large number of users are coming online every day," said Meadows in a statement. This number will continue to grow well into the future.
The move, many believe, is part of Google’s efforts to get back in the game against China’s own homegrown Internet services. Baidu, which is China’s largest search engine, has more than 485 million users in the country.