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Facebook opens datacenter in Santa Claus’ backyard.

On October 28, 2011, in Cloud Computing, Europe, Social Networking, by Jorge Espinosa

Your life is hot.  At least it’s hot if you use Facebook.  Social networking sites such as Facebook generate enormous amounts of heat at their data centers in storing and manipulating your data and images.

It is no small surprise that Facebook has just opened its first data center in Lapland.  More specifically the city of Lulea in far northeastern Sweden.  The average annual temperatures in Lulea will allow Facebook to use outside air for cooling its servers for up to 10 months of the year. Lulea has a subarctic climate with an average annual temperature in the 20 degree Fahrenheit range.

Facebook’s move is part of a trend by large online providers to move their data centers to cold climates in order to save on cooling costs.


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