HONG KONG–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced it plans to establish a new data center in Guangzhou and hire up to 100 people. Google already has a 50% stake in a 5-megawatt data center in the city and plans to grow capacity in the future. This follows the company’s decision earlier this year to move data centers, including its China-based operation in Tsinghua University, to the western suburbs of Beijing.
Housing a growing data center in the western suburbs of Beijing allows Google to grow its workforce by as much as 25% each year on average. In the most recent quarter, Google employed about 50 people at its three data centers in the western suburbs, compared with 37 people in the year-ago quarter.
“Our expansion strategy in the western suburbs of Beijing demonstrates our continued commitment to growing our presence in the region to support continued growth,” said Gao Qing, vice president of Google’s China operations.
While the current round of investments in Guangzhou and Tsinghua University builds upon the company’s existing positions in Tianjin, Shenyang and Chengdu, it will mark the company’s first significant foray into south-western China in 13 years.
Google said it will announce more locations and hire additional people from its existing team in other cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou. In September 2013, Google announced a new data center in Hangzhou. And in December 2013, Google opened a new data center in the eastern suburbs in Yinchuan. Google currently employs more than 100 people in these three cities and plans to add several more staff members in the coming months.
Google will be the first cloud computing operator to expand its footprint in both the west and east of China – two key growth markets. Google will also hire people in China to build its own data center in the future to support the new data center in Guangzhou and to expand its existing data center operations.
“Gaining the opportunity to develop new services in China’s capital city, Guangzhou, gives me great pride. Guangzhou is a city rich with opportunity and we are excited to be investing in its future,” said John J. Resig, Google COO.
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