HMD Global, owners of the Nokia brand, has announced that it will be moving all phone activation and performance data of all HMD-made Nokia phones to its new cloud servers in the region of Hamina, Finland. The new servers will be provided by Google Cloud and handled by consultancy firm CGI, which is part of a new partnership between the three companies.
One major from the collaboration for HMD Global is access to Google Cloud’s advanced data analytics and machine learning technologies, as well as CGI’s expertise in cloud and data science. The first set of Nokia phones that will indirectly christen the new facility are the Nokia 4.2, Nokia 3.2, and Nokia 2.2.
As explained by Google Cloud, one of the facility’s most interesting and innovative features is its unique water cooling system that it utilises to cool down its servers. To summarise, the system pumps in fresh seawater from the Gulf of Finland via a seawater tunnel, pumps it through the server farms, and then returns it back out to the gulf at a temperature that is similar to seawater it originally pumped in.
HMD Global’s decision to move its data into Finland also helps the company from a privacy standpoint. As the country is a member of the EU, this means that any and all data stored in the country is subjected to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.
(Source: HMD Global)