Google recently announced that it has purchased nearly 7 acres of land in Kowloon, Hong Kong, to build a new data center.

Although the company has declined to reveal the exact location of the property, a spokesperson said the firm expects to spend nearly $100 million on the project, including the cost of land, construction and necessary equipment. The company says that it is still working with local partners and government officials to finalize its plans and has made no official announcement regarding a project timeline.

The actual construction phase of the project, however, is expected to last about two years, officials say. The company expects that the facility will require 20 full-time staffers once it opens, along with a small pool of contractors for IT, electric and mechanical engineering, catering, and security.

In addition to the Hong Kong data center, the company also has plans to build data centers in Taiwan and Singapore in order to boost its services throughout Asia.

'More people are coming online every day in Asia than in any other part of the world, so locating data centers here is an important next stage of Google's investment in the region," said a company spokesperson.

Google has 15 offices and thousands of employees throughout Asia and claims that its Hong Kong data center will be among the most efficient and environmentally-friendly on that cotenant.

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Controlling computers in hazardous locations, such as in manufacturing plants, poses safety issues. In these situations, KVM technology can be effective, enabling users to control on-premise computers remotely, in a secure, safe location. They can access and configure servers without risk of harm and without compromising work performance. The latter is an important point to make, because KVM is necessary in these industrial settings in order to have access on a hardware level. In this environment, that is critical because, often, computer hardware in industrial settings must be in close proximity of the machinery being operated.

In addition to providing physical safety, KVM technology ensures a level of security that software cannot deliver. A KVM switch provides a direct connection with a keyboard, monitor and mouse, as opposed to remotely accessing targets via the Internet, which leaves the transmission of information vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

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Wal-Mart has finalized the $5.3 million land deal necessary to pave the way for construction of a 210,000-square-foot corporate data center in northern Colorado Springs, announced last July.

The world's largest retailer completed the purchase recently, buying up four parcels totaling 24 acres, according to a company spokesman. Wal-Mart officials have previously stated that construction on the project would begin in October and completed in late 2012.

Wal-Mart was apparently wooed by local officials through nearly $4.5 million in sales and business personal property tax rebates for the project which is expected to inject about $488 million into the regional economy over 15 years.

The company says that it will likely employ 30 people to operate the center, with salaries of $30,000 to $70,000. While officials have not commented on the project's cost, some experts estimate that Wal-Mart will spend nearly $100 million to build the data center and invest at least $50 million in machinery and equipment costs over that 15 year period.

Colorado Springs is already home to data centers belonging to many major companies, including Progressive Insurance, FedEx and Hewlett-Packard.

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