Google's Pulp NonFiction Data Center, Wired Magazine's article on repurposing a pulp mill

Wired has an article on Google's Hamina Data Center.

Google Reincarnates Dead Paper Mill as Data Center of Future

Google's Finland data center is the ultimate metaphor for the Internet Age (Photos: Google)

Joe Kava found himself on the southern coast of Finland, sending robotic cameras down an underground tunnel that stretched into the Baltic Sea. It’s not quite what he expected when he joined Google to run its data centers.

In February of 2009, Google paid about $52 million for an abandoned paper mill in Hamina, Finland, after deciding that the 56-year-old building was the ideal place to build one of the massive computing facilities that serve up its myriad online services. Part of the appeal was that the Hamina mill included an underground tunnel once used to pull water from the Gulf of Finland. Originally, that frigid Baltic water cooled a steam generation plant at the mill, but Google saw it as a way to cool its servers.

Not anything really new that hasn't been covered already, but it is worth noting that Wired's coverage reaches an audience maybe 100x bigger than a data center publication.

It does sound like the author was frustrated not getting more info, and closes with this.

The complaint, from the likes of Facebook, is that the Google doesn’t share enough about how it has solved particular problems that will plague any large web outfit. Reports, for instance, indicate that Google builds not only its own servers but its own networking equipment, but the company has not even acknowledged as much. That said, over the past few years, Google is certainly sharing more.

We asked Joe Kava about the networking hardware, and he declined to answer. But he did acknowledge the use of Spanner. And he talked and talked about that granite tunnel and Baltic Sea. He even told us that when Google bought that paper mill, he and his team were well aware that the purchase made for a big fat internet metaphor. “This didn’t escape us,” he says.

By inference is the author complaining by referencing Facebook?