Google to build European datacenter in Belgium
Google announced today that it will invest 250 million euros in a new data center in Baudour near Mons in Belgium. The datacenter will have a surface of 85 hectares (0.85 square kilometers) and is close to a channel, which is convenient for cooling purposes. Fiber is already present in the neighbourhood.
In this French-language video fragment from RTBF (sorry for the poor audio quality and the delay at the start), Google's Peter Fleischer is saying that the new datacenter will bring Google a few milliseconds closer to European users. François Sterin, responsible for infrastructure at Google, explains why the presence of fiber optic in the neighbourhood is a plus.