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Google Announces Major Data Center Expansions, Finland Investment Tops $1 Billion USD

Jason Verge reporting in Data Center Knowledge: "Google's data center spending and investment continues to soar. The Internet giant announced a EUR450 million (which is about 608 million U.S. dollars) expansion at its Hamina data center in Finland. This comes in addition to an already announced EUR350 million (or about 473 million U.S. dollars) investment. Worldwide, the company recorded a whopping $2.29 billion (in U.S. dollars) in capital expenditures in the third quarter of 2013 alone, driven primarily by massive expansion projects."

Old paper mill in Hamina, Finland converted to, what Google calls, one of its most advanced and efficient data centers. The large site sits on the Baltic Sea and is able to use raw sea water, piped through a pre-existing tunnel, to cool servers naturally. (Photo: Google Inc.)

Why Hamina? Company says Hamina has the right combination of energy infrastructure, developable land and available workforce for the data center. Google has salvaged an old paper mill in Hamina and used the pre-existing infrastructure to build the data center.

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