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Okay, okay, it's technically a "data center," but I don't think we can be 100% sure that there isn't also going to be a giant death ray or genetically modified ice wolves with laser helmets. Who knows what success and power will do to Zuckerberg's mind? Drawn by the cold air, which can be used to cool the many servers required to keep Facebook up and running, the company is one of many that is moving such centers into arctic environments. (Plus, I hear the local labor force of reindeer and trolls comes very cheap.) And, because data centers consume huge amounts of energy, the move both helps the environment and helps Facebook's bottom line:
The facility, a set of three 300,000 square foot buildings, is the social networking site's first data center outside the U.S. It's scheduled to be operational by 2012.
Lulea's dry, frigid weather "definitely is a big part" of the company's decision to build there, Facebook spokesman Michael Kirkland said. Using outside air to cool servers is "absolutely beneficial not just from an environmental perspective, but also from a cost perspective."
Kirkland went on to say that Facebook would be building two more outside-the-box data centers in the coming years, one at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean and one on the moon. The spokesman stated that these centers have similar environmentally friendly advantages, as well as proximity to the eldritch horrors of the Old Ones and exciting new forms of parasitic alien life, respectively.