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Hédinsfjördur Tunnel Ideal for Server Farm?

By Iceland Review

Thórir Kr. Thórisson, head of Fjallabyggd municipality in north Iceland, wants to investigate the possibility of establishing an international server farm in a vault inside the Hédinsfjardargöng tunnel, which is currently under construction.

Thórisson claims the temperature in the tunnel, which will connect the towns Ólafsfjördur and Siglufjördur, is ideal for a server farm. As the temperature remains between 2 and 4°C all year round, extensive cooling equipment is not required and thus energy can be saved, ruv.is reports.

The idea was first mentioned at a resident meeting held earlier this month and has not been thoroughly investigated yet, but Thórisson hopes the location will receive international attention and says it is safe in terms of terrorism and earthquakes.

Server farms are increasing rapidly worldwide. About 10,000 server farms are located in the US and 6,000 in Europe. Iceland is considered a good location for server farms because of its inexpensive energy, an educated and socially stable community, good data transfer rates with a new marine cable, high amounts of cold water and low temperatures.

Companies like Microsoft and Yahoo have already investigated possible locations for server farms in Iceland. Skagafjördur, Seydisfjördur and Hornafjördur have been mentioned in that context.

Click here to read about Microsoft’s interest in establishing a server farm in Iceland.

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