back to article Poor old Google. Its cloud division only brought in $8.9bn last year. So it's chucking a few billion at US offices and data centres

Google will pump more than $10bn into offices and data centres across the US this year as it gears up for a fight with rival clouds Amazon Web Service and Microsoft Azure. The Chocolate Factory's new investment will focus on 11 states: Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It is Fredericia not Frederica

    (and pronounced nothing like how the spelling suggests)

  2. phuzz Silver badge

    So, data centre engineer is still looking like a stable career then?

    1. NoneSuch Silver badge
      Unhappy

      Data Center Careers

      Once it's built, you're in break and fix mode. They don't need engineers to maintain, just a tech.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Data Center Careers

        "Once it's built, you're in break and fix mode."

        Haha...cloud data centres are never finished. There is an almost constant cycle of new equipment being pushed through them. Sure, its pre-built racks, but break/fix is only a small portion of the meatbag requirement. Admittedly, you are more likely to see power/cooling/comms people prepping or refurbing equipment for the next round of upgrades and a data centre enginner.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Never forget

    "improve how we market, partner and engage with customers"

    Google's customers are ad slingers, not you and me. So all data center plans are about increasing the amount of storage Google has to keep on reaping our personal info and sell that to its customers.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Never forget

      Cow #1: I heard Google's business model is selling us.

      Cow #2: So what, don't you like free grass?

      Cow #3: Hey guys! What are all those abattoir trucks doing parked next to the pasture?

  4. yoganmahew

    They also bought...

    Cornerstone BV who make some interesting claims on their website (cornerstone.nl) about their zOS transformation tech.

  5. rcxb Silver badge

    While Google is too much of a monster as it is, I'm all for them cutting-in on the Amazon and Microsoft duopoly, since it doesn't seem like anyone else will. Facebook might be a good candidate to break into the same market.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      AWS and Azure have similar cloud strategies - lots of locations now, own it where you can, lease where you can't and when market consolidation starts, trim out the unneeded sites.

      Google is largely own the location AND the comms - it puts them behind the AWS/Azure now, but will likely give them an advantage in the longer term. Particularly with ads paying the bills in the meantime.

      Facebook is a long way behind the big three in both quantity and locations and I don't see them catching up. AT&T is more likely to be the contender as Facebook/Oracle/IBM offload or outsource their cloud businesses.

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