The social network profile of more than 1,2 billion needs server space. Lots of servers. In 2012, Facebook had about 180 petabytes of date. Today, the company with an total assets worth nearly $18 billion, grows by over half a petabyte every 24 hours.
Luleå in the Barents Region plays a vital role in storing your next update or “Like” click. Opened less than a year ago, the giant server hall just outside Luleå, will already soon turn too small.
The second massive server center will be the roughly size of 14 hockey rinks and will cost SEK 1,4 billion (€158 million) to build, reports Swedish Radio. One of the main reasons that made Facebook choose Luleå is the northern climate. Computer servers benefit from the climate in the north by keeping the computers cool.
Last summer, Facebook signed a five-year agreement with the Swedish energy producer Vattenfall AB on renewable electricity providing 100 percent electricity through hydro power from the Lule River for the huge computer center.
Microsoft bought Nokia’s mobile division this past spring, and thousands of employees in Finland have been laid off. Oulu, a northern tech hub, was particularly hard hit, but new opportunities in new industries are springing up in the resilient northern community.
Poland has noticeably increased its activity in Arctic affairs in recent years. Next year the Arctic Council observer state will launch a program aimed at attracting more Polish companies to the north.
With some of the most beautiful of Norwegian, Russian and Latvian orchestra music on the repertoire, Arkhangelsk State Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian saxophonist Ola Asdahl Rokkones are ready for a tour through Norway and Russia.
Photographer Cristian Barnett traveled around the Arctic Circle, capturing life at 66° 33′ 44″ N. The result is his new book and traveling exhibition, Life on the Line. BarentsObserver spoke with Barnett about his impressions of life on the Circle and the decisions he made to capture it.
It takes a village…to move a city? An entire Arctic town is being forced to relocate after the world’s largest iron ore mine got the green light to gobble up the land under the city. The lead architect for the operation talks about how the people of Kiruna have had to come together to create a new home.