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.
Norwegian state-owned coal mining company Store Norske on the Svalbard archipelago is in a serious situation because of low prices on coal. The company is now in dialogue with the State, employees and the bank to secure further operations in 2015.
What was the Barents Region’s only east-west flight, from Arkhangelsk to Tromsø via Murmansk, lacks permission and is no longer flying. Nordavia, however, hopes to see the Pskovaia operated aircraft soon landing in Tromsø again.
This abandoned polar hydrometrological station at Cape Menshikova on Novaya Zemlya can be declared a culture heritage site as Arkhangelsk authorities urge Moscow to include Arctic objects in the state register.
Industrialists in Finland eye the opening of a major trade and transport route with a projected railway connection to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Former PM Paavo Lipponen has been hired to get the Norwegians onboard.
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.
The Sami Council, which is an umbrella organization for Sami organizations in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, has agreed that there is a need for Sami to be present in the EU capital of Brussels and plans to establish an office there.