Posted By Rich Miller On April 16, 2010 @ 9:24 am In Google | 1 Comment
Google (GOOG) continues to invest in its data centers, but there’s no sign of an imminent return the huge spending seen in 2007 and 2008. Google invested $239 million in capital spending on its IT infrastructure in the first quarter of 2010, a slight uptick from the $221 million it spent in the fourth quarter. The company’s capital expenditures (CapEx) have trended modestly higher over the last four quarters, but remain at about a quarter of what the company spent at the height of its data center building program. Here’s a look at the recent trend in Google’s capital expenditures:
The capex “breather” has been enabled by the company’s building boom in 2007-08, during which it announced major data center construction projects in Lenoir, North Carolina ; Goose Creek, South Carolina ; Pryor, Oklahoma and Council Bluffs, Iowa . Google has not announced any new data center builds in the U.S. since June 2007, and confirmed just one international project in 2009 in Hamina, Finland .
After the economic meltdown gripped Wall Street in the third quarter of 2008, Google throttled back spending even further, opting to delay construction  of its data center in Pryor.
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 Lenoir, North Carolina: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Jan/19/google_picks_nc_for_600m_data_center.html
 Goose Creek, South Carolina: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/Apr/04/google_announces_600m_so_car_project.html
 Pryor, Oklahoma : http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/May/02/google_confirms_600m_oklahoma_project.html
 Council Bluffs, Iowa: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2007/06/19/google-confirms-data-center-in-council-buffs-iowa/
 Hamina, Finland: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2009/03/04/google-confirms-data-center-in-finland/
 delay construction: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2008/10/29/google-will-delay-oklahoma-data-center/
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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