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High North herrings go byte-sized. Norway’s Vadsø municipality seeks to revive its old herring oil factory by transforming it into a data storage centre. Wenche Hansen and Bjørn Arne Hansen, initiating the project, are angling to catch data from around the world in Norway’s High North. The siblings’ plan is inspired by a similar storage centre that Facebook put up in the Swedish town of Luleå – one of three the social networking giant has around the world.

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High North herrings go byte-sized

Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 13:22 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

Norway’s Vadsø municipality seeks to revive its old herring oil factory by transforming it into a data storage centre.

Dedicated servers
Dedicated servers
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Wenche Hansen and Bjørn Arne Hansen, initiating the project, are angling to catch data from around the world in Norway’s High North.

The siblings’ plan is inspired by a similar storage centre that Facebook put up in the Swedish town of Luleå – one of three the social networking giant has around the world.

Company the Arctic Storage Facility (ATS), a set up by the Hansens in March 2012, is now hoping to attract similar activity in the abandoned herring oil factory, reports NRK, Monday.

The plans were first presented in the local press in September last year, but the Hansens point out that there are a few challenges connected with running a data storage centre. The main issue is a secure electricity supply.

A storage centre like this will host considerable numbers of computers that can store all kinds of files.

When it comes to data storage, the High North’s advantage is climatic. All the computers and servers will naturally generate a lot of heat, making cold places such as the old herring oil factory are potentially attractive.

At the same time, Norway may be out-competed by Sweden for another storage centre as the Swedes have managed to land several contracts. No contracts have so far been signed by ATS.




Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 13:22 under the news category, by Asgeir Ueland.

This post has the following tags: norwaydatastorage, norwayfishing, computersnorway.





  
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