Photo: Google Building Data Center in Chile
Google recently announced their plans to build a data center near Santiago, Chile.
Construction is already underway in the municipality of Quilicura, and Google says they plans to have the facility online by the end of 2013.
“Building this data center in Chile is an exciting step for us,” the announcement from Google read. “As Internet usage in Latin America grows, people are looking for information and entertainment, new business opportunities and better ways to connect with friends and family near and far. We’re building this data center to make sure that our users across Latin America and the world have the fastest and most reliable access possible to all of Google’s services.”
With the new building comes a new community outreach program. Once the center is up and running, Google says they will launch a formal community grant program in Quilicura that will support organizations and initiatives that focus on four issues we’re passionate about, including: technology literacy, renewable energy innovation and new economy entrepreneurship.
The center will also bring more job opportunities to the area.
“We estimate that our long-term investment in this data center will reach $150 million USD and will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly in Latin America, built to the same high standards we use around the world. Once operational, the data center will employ up to 20 people in a variety of full-time and contractor roles, including computer technicians, engineers and catering and security staff.”