Google has broken ground on 2 new data centers in Lancaster and Columbus, Ohio. According to the release, once finished, these data centers will support Google’s artificial intelligence innovation, particularly tools like Gmail, Search, and Maps.
Along with its $600 million data center in New Albany, Ohio, Google has two more sites in the Buckeye State. Google’s New Albany data center, which was started in November 2019, is now finished. Due to its energy infrastructure, developable property, and talent pool for the data center, the tech company chose New Albany. Google bought the land in Lancaster and Columbus for future growth two years later.
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According to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s statement in the release, the three locations will have a big impact on the expansion of Ohio’s data center and technology hub industries. Google on the other hand said that the planned data centers will increase its overall investment in Ohio to more than $2 billion.
The creation of the Columbus Google Cloud region last year helped clients grow internationally and those operating outside the area more readily reach their Midwest users. On any of the projects in Ohio, the business has not disclosed the names of the general contractors.
Site of the 2 new Google data centers in Ohio
According to a recent analysis from Dallas-based real estate services company CBRE on data center markets, major data center operators and hyper scalers like Google continue to express interest in Columbus as well as adjacent areas like New Albany, Hilliard, Dublin, and Delaware, Ohio.
This is due to the region’s abundant water and land resources, minimal danger of natural disasters, and strong tax incentives. Geographically speaking, Columbus is positioned in the heart of data center markets. They have already experienced significant growth, including Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Atlanta.