Publishing Date: Apr 26, 2022

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PRESS RELEASE: Google is fulfilling its promise of spending $9.5 billion on new Google data centres and offices in 2022 with the unveiling of a new $750 million data centre in Nebraska.

The massive new Google campus in Omaha, Neb., will consist of four buildings totalling more than 1.4 million square feet as the demand for Google Cloud services and infrastructure is soaring. In Google Cloud’s recent fourth quarter, the company reported sales growth of 45 percent year over year to $5.5 billion.

“[The new data centre] will bring more opportunity to the local community and more resources for our customers to grow their businesses and use digital services,” said Stacy Trackey Meagher, managing director for Google Cloud’s central region, in a statement.

The new Google data centre in Nebraska is part of the Mountain View, Calif.-based search and cloud giant’s plan to invest a total of $9.5 billion in data centres and U.S.-based offices by the end of 2022.

Google is one of the largest spenders on building new data centres across the globe, according to Synergy Research Group, investing billions each year on constructing and equipping hyperscale data centres to meet its growing cloud customer demands. Google, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft have the broadest data centre footprints in the world, with each hosting at least 60 or more data centre locations.

Data centres are the “vital anchors” to customers and local communities, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai in a blog post this month.

“Our investments in data centres will continue to power the digital tools and services that help people and businesses thrive,” said Google’s Pichai.


Google’s Data Centre Expansion Plans

In addition to the new data centre in Nebraska, Google plans to spend billions this year on data centres in Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, Nevada, Tennessee, Virginia and Texas.

“In the U.S. over the past five years, we’ve invested more than $37 billion in our offices and data centres in 26 states, creating over 40,000 full-time jobs. That’s in addition to the more than $40 billion in research and development we invested in the U.S. in 2020 and 2021,” said Pichai.

Data centres enable Google Cloud services and infrastructure, including its flagship Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offering.

In 2021, GCP recorded more than 80 percent growth in total deal volume compared with 2020, and more than 65 percent growth in the number of deals exceeding $1 billion.

Overall, Google Cloud now has an annualised revenue run rate of $22.16 billion.


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