Feeds

Google lobs another €450m at cool Finnish data centre

Super-efficient server farm to expand over the next few years

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

Google has said that it's planning to spend an extra €450m ($607m, £380m) on its data centre in Finland over the next few years.

Google's data centre in Hamina, Finland

“As demand grows for our products, from YouTube to Gmail, we’re investing hundreds of millions of euros in expanding our European data centres,” Anni Rokainen, Google Finland country manager, said in a canned statement.

The Chocolate Factory has already sunk €350m into the one-time paper mill in Hamina in southeastern Finland, turning it into a super-efficient data centre using the Bay of Finland's seawater to cool the servers. The cold sea water is pumped through the facility and then cooled down before being returned to the ocean, a system Google claims is the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

The data centre currently employs around 125 people and Google said it would be looking to add to that number as it expands the data centre in the coming years.

Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen said IT investments were important to the country, given Nokia's decline and the weakness in its paper and steel industries.

"Finland needs more foreign direct investments in order to enhance our economy, growth and employment,” he said.

“The government accepted the national investment promotion strategy last December. In the strategy, the ICT sector, including data centres, has been emphasised as one of the priority sectors. Therefore Google’s investment decision is important for us and we welcome it warmly."

Finland, like other northern European countries, is a popular site for data centres that can take advantage of the cold weather to help with energy efficiency and environmental considerations.

Microsoft has said it will be investing over $250m in a new data centre in the country, while Russia's Yandex search engine is currently building a data centre in Mäntsälä in southern Finland. ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.