Cloud giant Google
has announced it plans to open a new data center in Finland. Mountain View, California-based Google has made a huge investment in European data centers and fiber infrastructure in Europe over recent years. As of February 2018 the company operated hyperscale data centers in four European regions: Belgium, Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands. This will be Google’s second facility in Finland and come at a cost of more than $600 million.
Google’s new Finnish data center will join an existing facility in Hamina. Located 145 kilometers from Helsinki, the Finnish capital, and close to the Gulf of Finland, this facility uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cold seawater to cool servers cost-effectively. The new facility is expected to replicated these capabilities.
Google’s move is a response to increased interest in its services in the region. “The demand for Google services is growing daily and we are building our data center infrastructure to match this demand,” explained Antti Jarvinen, Google’s ‘Country Head’ in Finland. Google’s investment represents “the largest ever single investment in Hamina’s history and it will have a positive effect on employment during the construction phase and after,” as suggested by the municipal head of Hamina, Hannu Muhonen. Do you know of any other companies opening new data centers? Let us know the details. Add your comments below.