Google will replace a paper mill with a data center

Google recently confirmed that it will open a new data center in Hamina, Finland. (Why Finland?) They bought the building and hundreds of acres of land last year from Finnish company Stora Enso, for $51 million. It had housed a newsprint plant (i.e., a paper mill). Stora Enso had closed the plant in early 2008 because of declining demand for newsprint. Google plans to invest about 200 million Euros in the data center and staff it with about 50 workers

How’s that for a symbol of the shift away from publishing on paper to publishing online?

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