The Groningen port of Eemshaven in the far northeast is to be home to Google’s second European server farm, ANP reports.
News that Google was interested in renting part of the port’s computer centre first leaked in February, with claims that up to 100,000 servers would be placed there.
Eemshaven is the end point for a transatlantic fibre optic cable and Google engineer Douwe Osinga said the connections on to Amsterdam, London and Hamburg were a major attraction.
And the centre’s wind, solar and biofuel-driven power supply – necessary to cool the equipment -is an added draw. ‘At the end of this year, we want to fully compensate for our CO2 emissions,’ said Google policy manager Jon Steinback.
Google declined to say how many servers would be placed in Groningen but say the data centre will employ between five and 10 people. ‘We use our own technology to make our data centres 50% more efficient than usual,’ Osinga said.
Estimates of the number of servers Google has worldwide range from 500,000 to 1,000,000.
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