Last week Google CEO Sundar Pichai said last week in a blog post that Google will be spending $13B on its infrastructure in 2019. That’s quite a lot of buildout, giving Google’s footprint outside of Silicon Valley even more depth.
That $13B will go toward data center and offices across the country, but in 14 states in particular. According to their map, new colo facilities will be built in the Las Vegas NV, Omaha NE, Columbus OH, Fort Worth TX, Tulsa OK, Northern Virginia, and Charleston SC metro areas. Expansions of existing facilities will be made in The Dalles OR, and the southeastern markets of Nashville, western North Carolina, and Huntsville AL.
The plans foresee some 10,000 new construction jobs in the states of Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia. They will also be adding a swath of new permanent jobs across those regions of course, perhaps providing a safe landing place for some of the talent facing the everpresent M&A synergy-driven downsizing.
That’s a lot of spending on infrastructure, which is of course why they do it themselves rather than outsource it. It makes one wonder if they are willing to spend $13B on colo and office space, at what point will they decide it’s worth it to start digging their own intercity fiber routes?
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