US search engine giant Google Inc is planning to expand its European operations and to that end is looking to build a USD773 million data centre in the Netherlands. In a blog post yesterday, Google confirmed that the installation will be hosted in Eemshaven, take around four years to build and be operational by 2017. Google’s head of data centre community relations for Europe, William Echikson, wrote: ‘The new Dutch data centre will benefit from the latest designs in cooling and electrical technology. It will be free-cooled, taking advantage of natural assets like cool air and grey water to keep our servers cool.’ Industry watchers note that the US-based company invested heavily in Europe in recent years, and this will be the company’s fourth ‘hyper-efficient’ facility in the region to date.
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