Google has announced that it is resuming work on a $600 million data center in Pryor, Okla., saying the delayed facility is now needed to keep up with demand.

The company began construction of the facility on 800 acres of land in 2007 and had originally planned to open it for operations in 2009. However, with the economy slowing Google determined in 2008 that it no longer needed the server capacity as soon as originally thought and halted construction on the project.

Google said in a statement that it always intended to make the data center operational at some point, and with Google’s traffic growing and new products being launched, the search giant felt it was time to resume construction. The center is now expected to be operational by the end of 2011.

“Eventually, we plan to employ approximately 100 people, ranging from technology assistants to experienced data center managers,” Google said in a statement on its Web site. “We’ve had an excellent experience in Mayes County so far while building out this $600 million investment, and look forward to being a part of the community for many years to come.”

 Google signaled a strong restart of its data center construction activities with the release of its third quarter results. The company reported capital expenditures of $757 million in the quarter, the majority of which it said were related to “IT infrastructure investments, including data centers, servers, and networking equipment.” That compares to capital expenditures of just $809 million for all of 2009.


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