Google Breaks Ground on $600 million Data Center in Nevada

5 Jul 2019 by Technology

Google announced its new infrastructure investments in the state of Nevada. Expanding its footprint in the southwestern US, Google will open a new data center and cloud region in the state. According to the search engine giant, it will create more jobs in the area, improve connectivity and speed for users of Google services and Google Cloud customers.

Google held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction in Henderson, Nevada. The data center would come online in 2020. The company also announced the Impact Challenge Nevada, a $1,000,000 commitment to Silver State nonprofits with bold and innovative ideas to create economic opportunity in their communities.

Google informed that the new cloud region in Las Vegas would give organizations in the Western U.S. and those doing business in Nevada faster access to Google Cloud Platform products and tools. Tariq Shaukat, Google's president of partner and industry platforms, said in a blog post, “The region will have three availability zones and will support our portfolio of key GCP products, delivering simple, reliable, and secure infrastructure and lightning-fast data analytics and ML/AI capabilities.”

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, one of the world’s largest hotel operators, is a prominent customer of Google. The company headquartered in Las Vegas welcomed Google’s expansion in the state. “The addition of a Google Cloud region in Las Vegas, combined with the sophisticated capabilities of BigQuery and TensorFlow, should enable Caesars to further differentiate the gaming, hospitality and entertainment experiences we are able to offer to individual guests," said Gene Lee, SVP Chief Analytics Officer for Caesars Entertainment.

Earlier this year, Google has announced over $13 billion in investments throughout 2019 in data centers and offices across the U.S., with major expansions in 14 states. According to Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, with this new investment, Google will have a home in 24 total states, including data centers in 13 communities.

Globally, Google operates data centers in sixteen locations, and Google Cloud customers are served by 20 cloud regions and 61 availability zones around the world. The tech giant will also launch their Salt Lake City cloud region in early 2020.

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