Google to spend $184.5m in Finland data centre

Google company said that they are about to invest $184.5 million (150 million euros) in doubling the size of a data centre housed in a former paper mill in eastern Finland as it responds to growing demand for its services.

Due to the increasing popularity of cloud computing services companies like Google have been expanding data centers. It allows users to store and process data at massive remote data centers instead of on their own computers.

Finland and other Northern European countries are popular sites for data centres. With vast amounts of hydro-power and cold climates which cut the need for cooling, the main cost for many data centres.

Google‘s data centre in Hamina uses a sea water cooling system that was part of the old paper mill which Google bought from Stora Enso in 2009.

In 2008 after nearly 53 years of operation Europe’s top paper maker closed the loss-making mill. Whereas, the older parts of the mill were designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

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