Facebook has opened its first European data center in Lulea, Sweden. It almost sounds like a joke, but apparently Facebook has chosen the scandinavian country exactly for its notoriously cold weather. The northern winds will surely help to cool all those servers which the 83 000 square km facility is housing. Actually, Facebook is relying on the chilling climate of another place – North Carolina, USA for the same reason.
After finishing its Sweden data hub, the social network will focus its resources on its 1.5 billion dollars Iowa building. This one is set to become the world’s largest data center.
Both facilities are designed by Facebook’s in-house architects and engineers. The facilities rely on water cooling and environmentally friendly operation. Although Facebook wouldn’t really admit that storing all those baby pictures and memes is bad for the greenery, would they?Source: Engadget