Facebook opens Arctic data centre

First data centre outside the US is in Luleaa, a coastal Swedish town near the Arctic Circle
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Facebook Inc has opened its first data centre outside the United States, in Luleaa, a coastal Swedish town near the Arctic Circle. Tom Furlong, vice president of Facebook Site Operations, poses in the server hall. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Data centre manager Joel Kjellgren speaks to reporters in the fan room, a vital part of the centre which could otherwise reach problematic temperatures. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A view of the server hall at Facebook’s new data centre. The building uses equipment powered by locally generated hydro-electric energy. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kjellgren poses for photographers in the server hall. Thousands of servers store users’ data. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Furlong and Kjellgren walk through the huge facility. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Furlong gives journalists an in-depth tour of the server hall. (AFP/Getty Images)
Thu 13 Jun 2013 12:03 PM