Internet giant Google Inc. has scrapped a plan to build its own data center in Hong Kong and will instead expand its facilities in Taiwan and Singapore, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The company will not pursue the project because of costs and the difficulty of acquiring spacious land in Hong Kong to build such a facility, Taj Meadows, Asia-Pacific policy communications manager, was quoted as saying. Data centers house computer, telecommunications and storage systems, and typically include backup power supplies and security devices. Google runs 12 data centers globally, with seven based in the Americas. The company has announced an investment of US$300 million for the data center in Taiwan and US$120 million for the Singapore facility, the report said, adding that the two are expected to be operational later this year.
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