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Data Center Operators Flock To Cold Climates

Service providers such as Microsoft are building new data centers in cold locations such as Finland to cut power and cooling costs.

When it comes to data centers, cold is all the rage.

With service providers establishing cloud-enabling data centers all over the world, it’s clear that cold-weather sites have moved front-and-center as attractive locations.

From Iceland’s growing status as a home for new and expanding data centers to Facebook’s recently opened Sweden facility and, most recently, Microsoft’s plans to build a $250 million data center in Finland, companies are finding many reasons to locate data centers in icy locales.

Even a place like Utah, which straddles the line between mountainous cold-weather regions and scorching high-desert environments, has been trying to capitalize on the trend with online ads that target data center operators by declaring, “Utah is a lot cooler than you think.”

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