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.
KIRKENES: Warmer temperatures at the bottom of the Barents Sea are of big concern to ecologists in the High North. Certain marine species are disappearing from the ecosystem while others are increasing in number. The impact on Russia’s fisheries sector is crucial.
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.
Thousands of people in Norway have lived with a secret for almost 70 years. German war children in the High North are an important voice in remembering the liberation of Finnmark and a poignant lesson in history about misdirected anger and the damage it can cause.
The autumn of 1944 large parts of Finnmark and northern Troms were burnt and destroyed by Nazi German forces retreating from onrushing Soviet troops. The civilian population was forced to evacuate or hide.