Google's Biggest Data Center Investment Yet

Google (GOOG) spent $842 million on its infrastructure in the first quarter of 2008, its largest capital expenditures ever for a single quarter, the company said today. The previous high water mark was $699 million in the second quarter of 2006. The record capex investment reflects the acceleration of Google’s data center construction program in 2007. Here’s a look at the trend:

  • 1Q 2006: $345 million
  • 2Q 2006: $699 million
  • 3Q 2006: $492 million
  • 4Q 2006: $367 million
  • 1Q 2007: $597 million
  • 2Q 2007: $575 million
  • 3Q 2007: $553 million
  • 4Q 2007: $678 million
  • 1Q 2008: $842 million

The higher capital expenditures are likely due to ongoing construction on the four major data center projects Google announced in the U.S. in 2007, including facilities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Iowa. Google says its capital expenditures are “related to IT infrastructure investments, including data centers, servers, and networking equipment.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.