11 thoughts on “Just Too Rich…Google Buys A Paper Mill ….”

  1. Ahhh, the irony.

    I read in a different report that G is planning to give a portion of the land/facility to the local municipality….which would be a nice gesture.

  2. Yeah. The mill is nearby. There’s good infrastructure (stable power, cooling, …) for a datacenter already in place.

    I actually checked if it’s April the 1st already. It was a surprise move: an old brick-and-mortar meets a young bits-and-packets.

  3. John….chuckled when i saw your item on google and the paper mill. I pitched them this idea a couple of years ago when I was on the Governor of Maine’s economic development board. Plan was to take over the cavernous mills that are all on rivers and have hydro power already in place. They liked the idea but Maine couldn’t get the $ p/KW price where google insisted it needed to be. Evidently the Finns did.

  4. Google has dozens of data centers, or server farms, which consume significant amounts of energy, around the world.

    I think in early 2008 Stora Enso closed down the loss-making Summa mill, which consumed 1,000 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, after nearly 53 years in operation.

    The oldest parts of the mill were designed by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

    Stora Enso and Google have agreed that part of the mill site will be transferred to the city of Hamina for other industrial uses. The sale is expected to close by the end of the first quarter 2009.

  5. There is a first class datacenter in Madrid (more than 8K m2), located in a former paper mill, Interxion. The building is rocket proof and quite appropriate for this kind of facility.

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