September 17, 2018

Google data center in Chile to undergo USD 140 million expansion

The expansion aims to provide data center services to the growing cloud-native businesses in the LATAM region.

Google data center

The Google data center in Chile will be undergoing a massive expansion with an investment worth USD 140 million. With this expansion, Google’s Chilean facility will be nearly tripling its hub and assets, in a bid to provide data center services to cloud-native businesses in Latin America (LATAM).

Alphabet, the parent of tech giant Google, claims that the Latin American region is buzzing with startups focusing on cloud technology. They say that since these cloud companies have clients across different parts of the country, supporting them with data center services was of utmost necessity.

The tech giant also revealed that Chile as a country is taking massive steps towards shifting the focus of their economy from its traditional businesses like copper, etc. to new age technological services. This change in ideology made it all the more easy for the tech giant to think of expanding the Google data center located in Chile and support the business in LATAM.

Edgardo Frias, General Manager of Google in Chile, commented:

With this investment, we are preparing for the future. We seek to improve the data center with this development because our users will demand more and more information. This expansion will mean improving our users’ experience. We seek to make technology more accessible and easier to use.

Google say that this data center facility will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology including Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning capabilities. They also added that this facility will triple its size to 27.7 acres and create 1000 new jobs during its construction phase and 120 jobs post-construction.

According to data from Frost & Sullivan, the cloud services market in LATAM is expected to reach USD 7.4 billion by 2022 from USD 1.8 billion in 2017 at a CAGR of 31.9%. It will be exciting to see how Google plays in this market that has huge potential, especially after they announced that they will be building undersea cables from Los Angeles to Chile, supporting business in LATAM.