Apple will open two data centers in Denmark and Ireland until 2017 and the construction of the units will cost 1.7 billion euros, the biggest investment of US IT giant in Europe, the company announced on Monday.
The two data centers will manage Apple online services including iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri in Europe, it said in a statement.“This new investment is important and is the largest project of Apple in Europe so far,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s general manager
.Currently, the American company has employees in 19 countries in Europe in the last 12 months by adding 2,000 new jobs
Apple provides about 672,000 jobs in Europe.
Like all Apple data centers, the units from Denmark and Ireland will be entirely powered by renewable energy.Google and Facebook, two of the major competitors of Apple, have already chosen to build data centers in Northern Europe as cool weather in this region reduces equipment cooling costs. Google has a data center in Finland, and in September last year announced that it will build a new facility in the Netherlands while Facebook has a data center in Sweden, according to Bloomberg.Apple has posted a record profit of $ 18 billion in the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 (October-December 2014), up by 38% over the same period in 2013.