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Google Unveils New $750M Data Center As Part Of $9.5B Goal

Mark Haranas

As demand for Google Cloud soars, Google is building a new data center in Nebraska as part of its strategy to invest $9.5 billion in data centers and offices in 2022.

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Google is fulfilling its promise of spending $9.5 billion on new Google data centers and offices in 2022 with the unveiling of a new $750 million data center in Nebraska.

The massive new Google campus in Omaha, Neb., will consist of four buildings totaling 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 center] 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.

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The new Google data center 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 centers and U.S.-based offices by the end of 2022.

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

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

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

Google’s Data Center Expansion Plans

In addition to the new data center in Nebraska, Google plans to spend billions this year on data centers 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 centers 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 centers 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 annualized revenue run rate of $22.16 billion.

Mark Haranas

Mark Haranas is an assistant news editor and longtime journalist now covering cloud, multicloud, software, SaaS and channel partners at CRN. He speaks with world-renown CEOs and IT experts as well as covering breaking news and live events while also managing several CRN reporters. He can be reached at mharanas@thechannelcompany.com.

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