Google Goes South of the Border

By Vicktery Sanchez

Chilean flag waving in front of Chile’s iconic mountains.

Google is venturing into a new territory filled with empanadas and cumba music. The search engine giant announced earlier this month that it is opening a $150 million data center in Latin America, the first one in the region. The center will be located in Quilicura, Chile, a low-income, industrial community of Santiago.

A Google data center is a facility where servers store and process large amounts of information to keep all products up and running around the clock. Data centers ensure that people have the fastest and most reliable sources when using Google products. This new center in Chile will help Latin American users take advantage of all Google products at the highest levels of efficiency.

So why Chile?  It has the ideal combination of reliable infrastructure, skilled workforce, and a commitment to transparent and business friendly regulation. The Chilean government has developed cutting edge policies and programs that encourage the growth of the Internet and foster an atmosphere of innovation.

Google is not the only party that will benefit. The new data center will bring 20 jobs to the region and also includes $50,000 for the Municipality of Quilicura to upgrade the IT infrastructure of three schools and the municipality community center. This is part of Google’s larger community grants program in technology literacy, renewable energy and entrepreneurship.

The center is slated to be completed in 2013 and will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly in Latin America, Google states. Google is also opening centers in Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Ireland as part of its larger movement to build and operate its own data centers instead of through third parties.

Google celebrated its 14th birthday on September 27. What started as a two-man operation in a garage has grown into a mega-industry, which now spans across three continents: North America, Europe and Asia. After 2013, Latin America will join the list.

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