CowboyRobot writes: From Iceland's growing status as a home for new and expanding data centers to Facebook's recently opened Sweden facility and, most recently, Microsoft's plans to build a $250 million data center in Finland, companies are relocating data centers in icy locales, in order to save money on cooling costs. Even Utah, which straddles the line between mountainous cold-weather regions and scorching high-desert environments and is home to the NSA's massive new surveillance data-crunching facility, has been trying to capitalize on the trend with online ads that target data center operators by declaring, "Utah is a lot cooler than you think." Naturally, there are trade-offs to locating data centers in far-flung cold-weather regions. For instance, latency can be an issue for financial transactions, which is why so many of the companies building cold-weather data centers are the Microsofts, Googles and Facebooks of the world rather than financial services companies.
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
saftey deserve neither liberty not saftey."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759