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Growing our data center in Singapore

When we started building our first data centers in Asia back in 2011, we knew we were going to have to work hard and fast to keep up with the region’s growth. Even then, Asia surprised us.

In the year and a half since our first data center in Southeast Asia came online in Singapore, more than 400,000 Singaporeans got online for the first time, the smartphone penetration rate grew from 72% to 85%, and the majority of Singaporeans signing up for new home Internet access got connected with speeds exceeding 100Mbps.

And that’s just Singapore. So, it’s time to get building, again.

On a plot of land about the same size as and just next to our current site, we’re working on a second, larger, multilevel data center. We hope to start bringing it online in mid-2017, and it will look something like this (or not, this is just a non-final artist’s rendering, we’re still tinkering):
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This expansion takes our long-term investment in our Singapore data center to USD 500 million and our long-term investment in data centers in Asia as a whole to over USD 1 billion.

This new facility will be built on the same principles as the “old” one. It will be one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly sites in Asia, using 100% recycled water for its critical operations (i.e. just about everything other than drinking water). It will provide jobs for a small team of full time staff, as well as a number of contractors (we’re hiring now!). And we’ll continue to work with the community through community programs and our bi-annual grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 – if you run an NGO, or have a great idea for a local partnership with us, please let us know.

We couldn’t be happier to be literally building on Southeast Asia’s extraordinary growth (again). 

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