So, what are we to make of claims that the NSA scandal will lead other countries to set up their own non-USA cloud? I really can’t speak to the political imperative, but this is pretty notable: Google is building a new data center in Finland worth roughly $1 billion. Meanwhile, Microsoft is reportedly spending $130 million on a data center in Ireland and $250 million on one in Finland. By contrast, the EU Commission investment to start the development of cloud systems in Europe is a mere10 million Euros. The contrast is striking. http://www.lawfareblog.com/2013/11/money-talks/
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Google Data Center Investment in Finland Tops $1 Billion USD
Google’s data center spending and investment continues to soar. The Internet giant announced a EUR450 million (which is about 608 million U.S. dollars) expansion at its Hamina data center in Finland. This comes in addition to an already announced EUR350 million (or about 473 million U.S. dollars) investment.
Worldwide, the company recorded a ...
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Microsoft to Expand its Dublin Data Centre
Dublin, February 23, 2012, Microsoft today announced that it is investing an additional US$130 million to expand its data centre located in Dublin, Ireland. The expansion is driven by increased demand for Microsoft’s cloud services. This investment builds on the original $500m investment Microsoft made in the Dublin data centre, which has been operational since July 2009, serving customers across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
During a visit to Dublin, Peter Klein, Chief Financial Officer, Microsoft Corporation said “This investment shows where we are placing our bets for the future. As customers...
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