Rich Miller – Facebook’s Servers Stay Warm en Route to Arctic Circle
The cold temperatures in Lulea, Sweden make it easy for the local community to greet the new Facebook data center with this huge ice sculpture of the “Like” symbol. But it’s not as welcoming for servers and IT equipment.
It’s a long cold trip to Lulea, Sweden, a town on the edge of the Arctic Circle where Facebook is building its newest data center. But some of the company’s custom servers may be making the trip in style.
Facebook is planning to use environmentally controlled trucks to make deliveries to Sweden, according to Frank Frankovsky, VP of Hardware Design and Supply Chain for Facebook.
Why? It’s not the cold, it’s the humidity, which creates challenges as equipment is transported and installed, when it may move from outdoors to indoors.