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Google Gets Aggressive, Pledges $13B for US Data Centers and Offices

February 13, 2019 / Jessica Lyons Hardcastle

Google CEO Sundar Pichai pledged to spend more than $13 billion this year on data centers and offices in the U.S.This will include “major expansions” in 14 states and “tens of thousands” of new employees, Pichai wrote in a blog post. He added that “2019 marks the second year in a row we’ll be growing faster outside of the Bay Area than in it.”For comparison, in 2018 the tech giant invested $9 billion in facilities and hired more than 10,000 people in the U.S.The expansion will give Google facilities in 24 states, including 13 data centers, and help it compete against its top cloud competitors, market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) and No. 2 Microsoft Azure. Both of these companies are also increasing their footprints in the U.S. and abroad.