Facebook to put its servers in Sweden
Stephen Foley is a former Associate Business Editor of The Independent, based in New York. He left in August 2012. In a decade at the paper, he covered personal finance, the UK stock market and the pharmaceuticals industry, and had also been the Business section's share tipster. Between arriving with three suitcases in Manhattan in January 2006 and his departure, he witnessed and reported on a great economic boom turning spectacularly to bust. In March 2009, he was named Business and Finance Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.
Thursday 27 October 2011
Facebook has chosen a chilly town on the edge of the Arctic Circle to build its first server farm outside the US.
The social networking giant, whose need for vast computing power puts it among the world's fastest-growing energy users, has been attracted to Luleå in the far north of Sweden because it will be able to cool its servers there with fresh air instead of relying on expensive air conditioning.
It will also have access to cheap power generated from dams on the nearby Luleå River.
The town is 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle and the average temperature barely above freezing point.
Facebook will occupy three giant server halls being built between a science park and a nature reserve just outside Luleå, according to local media reports. The company plans to announce the facility today.
Scandinavian countries have been wooing internet companies and groups providing cloud computing services in the hope of boosting construction spending and local jobs.
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