World’s biggest data center planned for Arctic Circle

Data centers get bigger and greener as storage demands grow

Plans have been announced to build a 600,000 sq m data center within the Arctic Circle that will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. Demand for capacity is high as experts predict that, by 2020, 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet. 

The Kolos data center will be built in the Norwegian town of Ballangen, which benefits from a cool arctic climate and a position within one of the world’s most stable renewable energy grids.

Although the four-story building will beat the current record-holding facility in Langfang, China, it is not expected to retain its crown as the world’s largest data center for long. Plans for an even larger facility in Nevada are currently in the pipeline.

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