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[CBC] Facebook to build Arctic server farm in Sweden

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Facebook confirmed Thursday it had reviewed potential locations across Europe and decided on the northern Swedish city of Lulea for the data center partly because of the cold climate — crucial for keeping the servers cool — and access to renewable energy from nearby hydropower facilities.

The move reflects the growing international presence of the California-based site, which counts 800 million users worldwide.
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They could just build it in Canada.
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Or what about IN SPACE!
    
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How about Alaska? I've spent a winter up there at Fort Wainwright. Got down to -60.
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They could just build it in Canada.
I agree; Quebec would seem to be the ideal place for these servers; it's incredibly cold (especially in the northern part), electricity is cheaper than nearly all parts of the world, and the electricity is mainly made from hydropower...

But it seems that they were looking strictly for a European location.
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thats awesome that they will be using hydro power.

i wish i could put my computer up there, run it with hydro power, and use an exterior radiator in the snow for OCability.

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I agree; Quebec would seem to be the ideal place for these servers; it's incredibly cold (especially in the northern part), electricity is cheaper than nearly all parts of the world, and the electricity is mainly made from hydropower...

But it seems that they were looking strictly for a European location.
It's not THAT cold!
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I would assume Europe because it would technically be easier to hire people from that part of the world to maintain the servers and Zuckerberg can go on his little prancing trips to the countries around it, unlike northern Quebec or Alaska, where no one lives...
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I would assume Europe because it would technically be easier to hire people from that part of the world to maintain the servers and Zuckerberg can go on his little prancing trips to the countries around it, unlike northern Quebec or Alaska, where no one lives...
Sure there are people that live above Uppsala, just not that many people outside the few citys up north.
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I think they where meaning for this to house the European servers...you know..for European users lol.
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I think they where meaning for this to house the European servers...you know..for European users lol.
Yeah exactly, trying to reduce lag and the ever increasing world user-base of facebook. The increase in Europe means they need a server farm over there, means lower pings for the Euro peeps.
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