Google has announced that its first two data centers in Asia have now gone online. The new data centers are located in Taiwan and Singapore. The news of the new Asian data centers going live comes right after Google announced that it was not going to build a third Asian data center in Hong Kong.
With the Hong Kong data center not being built, Google did double the budget that it was using for the Taiwan data center to $600 million. Google decided to build the data centers in Asia because of a massive growth in internet use in the area. Google notes that between July and September of this year, over 60 million people in Asia used the mobile internet for the first time.
Google had originally bragged that the three new data centers, including the Hong Kong location that was scrapped, would bring 30% speed boost for Google services in Asia. It's unclear if that same speed boost will still happen with the larger Taiwan data center.
Google has released images of the outside of the data centers and the inside. It has a big robot standing guard on the inside and the photos indicate that the data center will use wind power for some of the electricity needs.