With it's reinvestment, the global search giant is bringing a second server hall on stream and restoring the former paper mill’s landmark facade.
In 2009, Google announced that it would convert a 60-year-old paper mill in south-eastern Finland into one of the world’s the most advanced and efficient data centres. Serving Google users across Europe and around the world, the data centre took 18 months to complete and employed more than 2,000 people in the construction stage of the project.
Innovative cooling system
In August 2012, Google committed to a further €150 million investment in the data center, which will involve the restoration and conversion of an Alvar Aalto-designed machine hall. The conversion works is expected to take another 18 months, and will provide work at peak for about 500 engineering and construction workers.
The centre’s cooling system in particular has been praised for its innovative use of seawater from the Bay of Finland as an effective way to reduce energy usage and improve services
Business-friendly environment and expertise
Google is proud to call Finland home to its data center, and has repeatedly stated the importance of creating jobs locally through its presence in Finland. For instance, over 90% of the centre’s employees are Finnish, with many already living in the local community.
Although the search giant is reluctant to reveal its data centre strategy, the decision to come to Finland was supported by some very public reasons. Petri Kokko, who was Google’s Finnish country manager at the beginning of the project, said that Finland offers “a business-friendly environment” and a hiring pool of “employees with expertise.”
Two years later, Google is continuing to show that Finland and data centres are a winning equation.
Thinking outside the box helped Google infrastructure teams turn an 1950s paper mill into a high-efficiency data center cooled with seawater from Finland Bay. See Google's video about Hamina Data Center.