Cool computers on Iceland

What do you get if you mix low temperatures, cheap biothermal energy and multinational computer companies? Iceland’s new growth potential.

I just came across this neat article about Iceland, and how they are trying to convince Google and Microsoft and several other giants about the advantages of establishing data centers on the saga island:

It’s a testament to the challenges companies face in operating data centers that Google (GOOG), Yahoo! (YHOO), and Microsoft (MSFT) have all checked out this remote corner of the world (although none has made a commitment so far). The reason: Iceland has a rare combination of vacant land, cheap geothermal energy, and chilly climate that makes cooling a data center nearly free.

It sounds like a joke, but actually, it’s a good idea and clearly something that could be done in Norway as well. What about Røros, couldn’t it be a good idea to create some computer centers in those chilly old mining tunnels?


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