Data centres a boost to local IT core: HR experts

An artist's impression of the new Google data centre in Jurong West - the tech company's third one in Singapore. Last Thursday, Facebook said it will build a $1.4 billion data centre in Singapore - its first in Asia and 15th in the world - which will
An artist's impression of the new Google data centre in Jurong West - the tech company's third one in Singapore. Last Thursday, Facebook said it will build a $1.4 billion data centre in Singapore - its first in Asia and 15th in the world - which will support "hundreds of operational jobs".PHOTO: GOOGLE

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The setting up of new data centres here, such as Facebook's $1.4 billion operation in Tanjong Kling, could strengthen Singapore's "local IT core", creating roles such as network engineers and cyber security specialists to support the centres' daily operations, said human resource experts.

Last Thursday, Facebook said its new data centre here - its first in Asia and 15th in the world - will support hundreds of jobs and form part of its growing presence here and in the region. The centre is expected to start operations in 2022.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2018, with the headline 'Data centres a boost to local IT core: HR experts'. Print Edition | Subscribe