Facebook Plans Server Farm Near Arctic Circle
Facebook is planning on building a server farm located on the edge of the Arctic Circle for some fancy chill factor. The executives at Facebook said their plans behind this are due server cooling, and what better place than Lulea, Sweden? And if that fails they can tap into the nearby fast-flowing river for liquid cooling!
Lulea, 600 miles north of Stockholm and just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle, is literally the land of the midnight sun — but Facebook did not pick it for the sunshine. Instead, said the company, much of the appeal is the cold.
Servers — the big computer banks that keep websites running — have a bad habit of getting very hot and using a lot of electricity. Facebook said northern Sweden solves the problem — cooling the machines with Arctic air. They’ll do a high-tech version of opening the windows.
“Lulea offered a number of advantages,” said a company spokesperson, including “a climate that offers the ability to reduce energy consumption through use of outside air for cooling.”