The Arctic Circle To The Home For The World’s Largest Data Center

Can you imagine where the soon to be world’s largest data center would be situated – a small town in the remote north of the Arctic Circle is set to be its home.

With the aim of eventually drawing on a record-setting 1000 megawatts of power, the Kolos facility is being developed by a US-Norwegian partnership, also called Kolos, and this claim is being made by the builders.

The primary advantage that companies would gain by setting up their data centers there is a potential reduction in energy costs by as much as 60 per cent. This is so because of the Ballangen’s cold climate and its ready access to hydropower, Kolos claims on their website.

Kolos will be a “fortress for data”, the company added.

“The Kolos site is surrounded by water and hills, providing a natural moat to protect against any physical risks,” it claimed.

While creating and supporting anywhere between 10,000 to 15,000 jobs in the area, the center will directly create 2,000 to 3,000 new jobs upon completion and full at full capacity, the firm said.

With Facebook’s own version located about 240 miles away in Sweden, Scandinavia is no stranger to large data centers.

Due to the fact that developers are looking towards the introduction of quantum power, it is being claimed by many experts that computers are thought to be on the cusp of a revolution.

The ability to simultaneously calculate a number of different possibilities is one of the primary attraction of a quantum powered computer.

Google could this year announce a computer that supersedes current technology, said Peter Smith, Professor of Optoelectronics, University of Southampton.

“So what does it mean for business? Well, it’s huge. You give people much more computing power, then that affects finance, it affects business, it affects security, so you can use these things for example to crack encryption.

“You imagine a world in which a quantum computer can break much of what we’re currently doing for security, across the internet, across finance,” Smith added.

While quantum technology can offer unparalleled levels of security, it could also be viewed as a risk, Smith said.

“But then, that also raises the question of how will governments, how will people feel about totally secure communication that nobody else could break into,” he added.

Because of the rising trend where users looked to access the new computer power via the cloud, data centers would likely be key to quantum technology development, Smith said.

(Adapted  from CNBC)

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