German web hosting provider, Hetzner Online, is investing in a new data center park in Finland. After carefully considering 20 potential locations in Finland, Hetzner Online chose a plot of 150,000 square meters in the business part of Tuusula, a town approximately 20 kilometers north of Helsinki. Its construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2016.
The new Helsinki data center park will complement the company’s two German data center locations in Falkenstein and Nuremberg. In addition to these locations, Hetzner operates a data center park in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The first data centers of the locally-founded ‘Hetzner Finland Oy’ will be built in stages to gradually meet growing demand for more server space. The technical plans as well as the aesthetic design will be based on the company’s previous data center parks in Germany.
The cornerstone of Hetzner Online’s Finnish investment is its participation in the construction of a submarine cable from Helsinki to Rostock. With the completion of this initial step, Hetzner Online hopes to then build a solid foundation for its data center in Finland and for the company’s continued growth abroad.
During the search for a location for its new data center park, Hetzner Online discovered that other European countries are able to provide more favorable conditions for growth than Germany. After analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of each potential data center location, a clear picture gradually emerged of which states offered the best conditions for Hetzner Online’s new international data center park.
At the end of the selection process, Finland stood out amongst the other countries for several compelling reasons: the country’s ideal climate, its proximity to the Eastern European web hosting market, and its location as a geographic intersection of Eastern and Western Europe.
“In the end, what actually made this particular location so attractive was people associated with it – the professional cooperation that we experienced from the Tusuula municipal administrators and from the national economic development office ‘Invest in Finland’ played a big role,” said Martin Hetzner, founder and CEO of Hetzner Online. “With this investment, Hetzner Online is taking another important step in its continued and successful growth. Having servers available on offer in the near future, not only in Germany, but also in Finland, will lay the foundation for Hetzner Online being able to offer all of its customers better price-to-performance ratios and exceptional customer support.”