Google Buys A Paper Mill For $51.6 Million, Plans To Make It A Server Warehouse

Posted Feb 12, 2009

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stated today that they are building a server warehouse at an old paper mill in the south east of Finland.  Google bought the mill from Stora Enso for 40 million Euros ($51.6 million USD).  “We are currently considering to build a data center at this site,” stated Google spokesman Kay Oberbeck.

Google has server farms all over the world in order to ensure constant up-time of their services.  These cluster of computers all over the world act in concert in order to perform large tasks, otherwise known as cloud computing.  Google Apps, a paid version of Google’s services heavily depend on reliable servers around the world.

Stora Enso closed down the paper mill in early 2008 after being open for about 53 years.  The paper mill consumed about 1,000 gigawatts per year.  The mill was designed partially by an architect from Finland named Alvar Aalto.  Part of the mill site will be givne to the city of Hamina for other users.  The sale will be closed by the end of the first quarter this year.