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Green Mountain DC1 Stavanger - Norway

Green Mountain's DC1 facility (server room pictured before the racks were installed) is built in a former underground NATO ammunition storehouse on a small island in Norway. It is powered by hydroelectric power systems, and is cooled using the available water at a depth of 75 meters, which remains at 8°C (46°F) year-round. The facility is made to be airtight, and the oxygen level in the server facilities is kept at 15%, which prevents the ability of fires to start; this has the added benefit of preventing secondary damage from the chemicals needed to extinguish fires.

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By James Sanders

James Sanders is a staff technology writer for TechRepublic. He covers future technology, including quantum computing and 5G, as well as cloud, security, open source, mobility, and the impact of globalization on the industry, with a focus on Asia.