Hetzner Online GmbH, a German provider of web hosting services and a data center operator, is investing in a new data center park in Tuusula, Finland. Hetzner decided to locate its new data center in Finland after a careful evaluation process. The excellent climate conditions, geographical proximity to the Eastern European web hosting market and the geographically favorable location as a hub between Russia, Eastern and Western Europe make Finland very interesting as a location for a data center. In April 2015 the company announced its participation in the submarine cable, C-Lion 1, from Helsinki to Rostock operated by Cinia.
The most important factors why Tuusula site was chosen were that the region is connected to a necessary fiber-optic network, has the size of 150,000 square meters and is located close to the city center in order to be attractive as an employer. The plot is far enough from the coast so that the sensitive technical equipment will not be affected by too much salinity in the air.
One of the most important factors for locating in Finland is the comparatively low cost of energy. The price for electricity is significantly lower than in Germany, which is important in order for an electricity-consuming data center site to survive in the international competition. Eventually, it was the professional cooperation with the leaders of the municipality of Tuusula and with Finpro’s Invest in Finland promoting national economic growth that helped us come to the decision.
- Martin Hetzner, the founder and CEO of the Hetzner Online