Google invests 13 billion dollars in infrastructure and data centers

Google invests 13 billion dollars in infrastructure and data centers

This year, Google is going to invest heavily in its infrastructure and data centres. The company is investing no less than 13 billion dollars (11.5 billion euros) in its expansion in 2019, which is part of the company’s growth strategy. Investments are considerably higher than last year.

That’s what Google is announcing today in a message about its plans for 2019. In 2018, the company spent nine billion dollars on the expansion of data centers and its infrastructure, but in 2019 it spent four billion dollars more than the year before. As early as last week, Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, the parent company, announced that she expected the company’s expenditure to increase significantly in 2019.

Ambitious plans

Google’s plans for 2019 are quite ambitious. The company wants to build new data centers in the United States at locations in Ohio, Nebraska, Nevada and Texas. The company also wants to expand its existing facilities in Oklahoma and South Carolina. The intention is to invest in renewable energy at the same time. Most recently, Google announced that it is buying 1.6 million solar panels in line with its plans for renewable energy.

Google needs more data centers to continue to support its core services. At the same time, it must be able to compete with the biggest competition, consisting of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. These two companies are also investing heavily in the expansion of their infrastructure.

Significantly expand

Not only does Google want to expand its data centers and build more of them, it also plans to establish new business locations. In Georgia and Virginia, for example, Google will double its workforce and want to establish a whole new industry in Texas. To this end, the company leases a 35-storey office building in Austin, which can accommodate 5,000 employees.

Google is also investing $1 billion in a new campus on Manhattan, where it wants to double its workforce of 7,000 people in New York. These new investments will enable us to hire tens of thousands of new employees and create more than 10,000 new jobs in the construction industry of Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia, according to Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai in the statement.

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