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3/13/2014
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Keith Dawson
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8 Datacenters For Cloud's Toughest Jobs

Each of these innovative datacenters represents the best in class for a design or operational factor. Google's employee sauna? That's just a bonus.
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Facebook in Forest City, North Carolina 
Facebook was the first company to incorporate ambient-air cooling of its servers, in its data center in Prineville, Ore. Prineville is in the high desert, where the air is dry and cool at night.
Facebook's first live test of the Open Compute Project's outdoor-air and evaporative cooling designs in a locale with high ambient temperatures took place in Forest City, an environment where temperature and humidity frequently stray outside the ideal range for data center operations. The servers run at a maximum temperature of 85 degrees F (29 degrees C) and maximum relative humidity of 90%. The air cooling system proved to work well even when the outside temperature reached 102 degrees F (39 degrees C).  
One accepted measure of data-center efficiency is the PUE (power usage effectiveness), developed by The Green Grid. PUE is the ratio of power coming into the center to power applied to computing tasks; the ideal PUE is 1.0. Since it doesn't need to run chillers, Forest City achieves a PUE around 1.07, similar to that of Prineville. That's about the best in the business today. 
(Image: Facebook)

Facebook in Forest City, North Carolina
Facebook was the first company to incorporate ambient-air cooling of its servers, in its data center in Prineville, Ore. Prineville is in the high desert, where the air is dry and cool at night.

Facebook's first live test of the Open Compute Project's outdoor-air and evaporative cooling designs in a locale with high ambient temperatures took place in Forest City, an environment where temperature and humidity frequently stray outside the ideal range for data center operations. The servers run at a maximum temperature of 85°F (29°C) and maximum relative humidity of 90%. The air cooling system proved to work well even when the outside temperature reached 102°F (39°C).

One accepted measure of data-center efficiency is the PUE (power usage effectiveness), developed by The Green Grid. PUE is the ratio of power coming into the center to power applied to computing tasks; the ideal PUE is 1.0. Since it doesn't need to run chillers, Forest City achieves a PUE around 1.07, similar to that of Prineville. That's about the best in the business today.

(Image: Facebook)

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Susan Fourtané
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3/27/2014 | 1:42:55 PM
Re: Iceland
Keith, 

There is always some sort of confusion about which countries are Scandinavian and which ones are Nordic. It all depends on if we are talking about geographical location, or linguistically. It goes like this: 

Greenland belongs to the Kingdom of Denmark, but it's autonomous. It's not considered neither Scandinavian nor Nordic even though it has a strong cultural connection with them. 

Geographically speaking, the Scandinavian peninsula is made up by Norway, Sweden, and part of the north of Finland. Linguistically, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish share the word "Skandinavien", which refers to the ancient territories of the Norsemen: i.e. Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Iceland was also one of the Norsemen's regions and Icelandic belongs to the same linguistic family as Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish. Finnish doesn't belong to this linguistic family. 

And then, the French decided to put some order to this mess and came up with calling Norway, Sweden, Denmak, Iceland, and Finland the Nordic Countries. :) 

-Susan

 
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3/27/2014 | 12:43:41 PM
Re: Iceland
Iceland is part of Scandinavia as well

Live and learn! Did not know that. Greenland too?
Susan Fourtané
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3/27/2014 | 12:33:14 PM
Re: Iceland
Keith, 

I was remembering that there was a great video about Iceland on Internet Evolution by Steve Saunders. I had the intention of saving it before IE disappeared, but then at the last minute I forgot as I was quickly saving my own stuff. :( It would have been nice to have it here as illustration for this discussion.

Iceland is part of Scandinavia as well. :)

-Susan 
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3/26/2014 | 2:25:06 PM
Iceland
There is at least one project to build out a data center park in Iceland. It was announced 5 years back, if I recall correctly, and has several tenants at this time. As Stratustician noted, Iceland's limitation is its fiber density. The Scandanavian countries are all better situated from that point of view.
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3/26/2014 | 2:21:55 PM
Photo correction
Got a note from "Ted T Business" that the photo (from Bing) purporting to be the New York Stock Exchange Euronext in Mahwah, New Jersey is in fact the data center in Carteret, NJ. For what it's worth, here is the Bing photo that this reader claims is Mahwah:



He adds, "Yes, I've been in the data center that is shown."
Susan Fourtané
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3/20/2014 | 6:31:27 AM
Re: Google's data center in Hamina, Finland
Stratustician,

Iceland is a smart choice for datacenters that don't pollute at all. In fact, all cold-climate countries are ideal for datacenters.The Nordic and Scandinavian countries have also the advantage of using renewable energy.

And and we see, more and more datacenters are populating this part of the world.

-Susan 
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3/16/2014 | 11:30:18 AM
Re: Google's data center in Hamina, Finland
Laurianne, 

Most likely you won't see any. :) Do you want to hear more? Every year in November there is the three-day Slush conference in Helsinki for European startups and VCs.

There is a sauna for all the attendees who wish to discuss business there, or simply take a break and relax. Yes, these things happen only in Finland. :D

-Susan 
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3/14/2014 | 3:08:45 PM
Re: Google's data center in Hamina, Finland
Susan, I won't hold my breath to see any data centers with saunas in NYC :)
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3/14/2014 | 6:15:48 AM
Google's data center in Hamina, Finland
Keith, 

The sauna in Google's data center in Finland is normal. There are more saunas than cars in Finland. You can find a sauna in most companies, factories, apartment buildings, and of course many people have their own sauna at home.

It is common for employees to go to sauna after their work hours before going home. This sauna was already there for the employees from the old paper mill. Many business meetings take place in sauna. :)

-Susan 
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3/13/2014 | 5:22:32 PM
Re: Measuring that carbon footprint
>I'm sure extending the pipes would be preferrable to shovelling the #$%! long distance.

#$%! in, #$%! out. Welcome to the Internet!
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