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Look Inside Facebook's new Arctic Circle Data Center In Lulea Sweden

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    • On the edge of the Arctic Circle lies Facebook's newest data center. Located in LuleĆ„, Sweden, the new centre is now handling live traffic from around the world.
      • Picture: Susanne Lindholm/EPA

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    • All the equipment inside is powered by locally generated hydro-electric energy. In addition to harnessing the power of water, Facebook is using the chilly Nordic air to cool the thousands of servers storing photos, videos, comments, and Likes.
      • Picture: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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    • Nearly all the technology in the facility, from the servers to the power distribution systems, is based on Open Compute Project designs.
      • Picture: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

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Huge fans use the cold outside air to cool down the servers.

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The server hub is largest of its kind in Europe, and most northerly of its magnitude anywhere on Earth.

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A closer look at the hard drives.

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The data center is huge, but the idea that launched it began on the back of this paper napkin. Late one night, while traveling, engineer Jay Park sketched his vision for a system that streamlined the way power moves from the local utility grid to our servers.

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    • There is no more efficient data center in the world.
      • - Jay Park, VP of Data Center Design and Construction

“You probably don’t think about Lulea when you share with friends on Facebook, but it’s an example of the incredibly complex technology infrastructure that keeps the world connected,” writes Zuckerberg.