20 Million Opera Mini users move to Iceland
By Joseph D. Lienjdlien. Monday, November 1, 2010 3:26:04 PM
Today Opera Mini operations begin at the new environmentally friendly Thor Data Center in Iceland that supports many users from Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Today Opera switched over a substantial part of Opera Mini traffic to the brand new Thor data center in Iceland. Traffic from users from Europe, Africa, and Asia now get their data via Iceland. Although there is no visible change to users, this is an important step in expanding Opera's capacity to support more users while maintaining the utmost in speed and reliability.
Because of the nature of Opera Mini, all the data for the browser must be processed by Opera servers. With Opera Mini's massive growth over the years, it has been important for Opera to expand its servers, but to do it in a way that is secure, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Iceland has access to abundant renewable energy, and cool air. Therefore, cheap, green power is available and the cold air can be used to cool the servers instead of stacks of power-hungry air conditioning units.
With this new expansion, Opera is able to provide service for more users while further reducing the environmental impact of its services. Check the pictures below!