Google will invest about €600 million ($670 million) to build a data center in Finland, and its parent company, Alphabet, is also investing heavily in servers to meet the demand for file and media access. Google said in an e-mail announcement that the new building will be expanded on Google’s existing data center complex in Hamina, on the southern coast of Finland, where the company’s total investment is €1.4 billion (∼$1.6 billion).
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When the expansion plan is completed, players will be allowed to run games over the network without having to purchase expensive consoles or PCs. As companies and individuals increasingly store more data on so-called cloud platforms, technology companies are racing to build more of these facilities. Google offers a variety of services to users, including email, maps, search and photos, and videos. At present, Google has 58 data centers around the world and is striving to build more similar data centers and cloud platforms that can store more online data independently.
According to Google’s first-quarter earnings report for 2019, such capital expenditures are close to $4.5 billion, including data centers, servers, and office equipment. Google is quickly expanding and its features are becoming available to more users. Recently, Google Assistant, the popular virtual assistant of the Mountain View giant, would be officially available in as many as 30 languages and in over 80 countries.