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Facebook Builds Data Center Near Arctic Circle

The city is located near the Arctic Circle and will be home to Facebook's first European data center. Lulea's sub-arctic climate will enable the company to take advantage of natural cooling resources with a climate that has short, mild summers and long, cold winters.

The data center will have a floor space of more than 900,000 square feet, which exceeds the size of 15 football fields. According to the town of Lulea, the facility will be built in three phases and eventually consist of three separate server rooms that are designed to handle a substantial portion of Facebook's data traffic. The completion date is targeted for 2014.

Facebook has been frequently criticized, especially by Greenpeace, that it does not make enough effort to achieve an efficient use of energy in its data centers and draw most of its power from coal power plants. The Lulea data center will consume power that is exclusively produced by water power plants and the natural climate should help bring down the power consumption quite a bit. Competitors, such as Google, use similar concepts: Google recently opened a data center in Hamina, Finland, which uses sea water for cooling its servers.

  • Uberragen21
    Good for cooling, bad for latency.
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  • billybobser
    Though latency and facebook together are not things that anyone cares about.

    Having 100+ ping on farmville isn't that critical
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  • bin1127
    I think Greenpeace meant that Facebook is a waste of resources period.
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  • de5_Roy
    cool idea for icebook.
    only if it could protect users from privacy leaks and malware better.

    apple called, they patented the arctic circle datacenter idea.
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  • posteris
    2 years later: Greenpeace will protest against Facebook servers, because they doubled ice melting rate
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  • cyberkuberiah
    de5_roycool idea for icebook.only if it could protect users from privacy leaks and malware better.apple called, they patented the arctic circle datacenter idea.rofl :)
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  • darkchazz
    Translation:
    "Facebook will be constructing a gigantic datacenter in Lulea, Sweden, to store the private information that you have deleted"
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  • officeguy
    Correct me if I am wrong but I believe that is where the humans found the Predators while drilling a whole in the Artic Circle. Been awhile since I watch that movie. Just a side note to this artical :)
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  • alidan
    officeguyCorrect me if I am wrong but I believe that is where the humans found the Predators while drilling a whole in the Artic Circle. Been awhile since I watch that movie. Just a side note to this articalnever watched it predators, but do you mean the thing?

    that said

    didnt Greenpeace get hijacked by anti corperate people and loose its origional meaning...

    that also said, why not just build more nuclear power plants, take all of americas power cost down significantly, and make everyone but the most stupid of hippy happy.
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  • 4745454b
    It's hole, not whole. And it was the Antarctic, not north pole. You can easily remember this because the guy with the camera was upset he didn't get to photograph the "PoR" North pole doesn't have a point of no return. (assuming you mean AvP here.)

    I too am surprised Greenpeace and others aren't upset about this. You would think it would increase melting rates. Should help with their electric bill however.
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