Across many aspects of our lives we are increasingly accepting of cloud technology, and we continue to consume and generate huge amounts of data. This creates a problem – where do we store all this activity?
We have seen the vast server farms AWS and Microsoft have built to address this. Personally, I like the approach start-up Kolos has taken to solve the problem. We all know the big issue when building a datacentre – have we got access to huge power reserves for running and cooling the servers to satisfy customer demand?
In the case of Kolos, they have chosen to build the world's largest datacentre in Norway. The Arctic climate will assist hugely in the cooling process and 100% renewable energy sources mean it will be green and highly efficient to run. So, to ask again, where to store all the activity – not a problem!
World's largest data centre to be built in Arctic Circle Ballangen, in Norway, will host Kolos' record-breaking site Water from the nearby fjords will be used to protect and cool the centre Norwegian-American start-up company Kolos has announced plans to build the world's largest data centre, in northern Norway. The development, in Ballangen, will be four storeys tall and cover 600,000m². That is larger than the current record holder in Langfang, China (585,000m²), although smaller than a planned centre in Nevada. The Nordics, and Norway in particular, are a popular location for data centres. Power is cheap and renewable, thanks to investments by the European and Norwegian governments, and the climate (Ballangen is inside the Arctic Circle) assists with cooling. Kolos plans to use water from the nearby fjords as a secondary chilling system.