See that rather run-down looking building? Website hosting company 1&1, which manages over 10 million domain names, has just announced plans to convert it – a never-used Nuclear waste facility – into a massive server farm powered by renewable energy.
1&1 is planning to cram 100,000 servers into the 10,000 square metre facility in Hanau, Germany. Becoming operational towards the end of next year, it’ll increase 1&1’s server count nearly 300%, from 55,000 to 155,000. 1&1, admirably, powers all their servers with completely green energy, and runs Linux on most of them too. They’ll be sorted when the the carbon taxes come in, just like Google will.