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Data centers in Iceland

In 2007, a benchmarking study by PricewaterhouseCoopers  (PWC) showed Iceland to be a favorable location for new data centre activity. The report concluded with Iceland being supportive and welcoming in the respect of issues as governmental legislation, immigration and permits.

Operational cost for data centres in Iceland is minimum due to the low cost cooling and electricity. Presently, the Icelandic power company Landsvirkjun is offering electricity contracts at the price of 43 USD/MWh. Those competitive rates are available as fixed for up to 12 years. Furthermore, Iceland has significantly less of a security risk than almost any other Western or emerging countries. Its geographic location, low population density and lowered post-Cold War strategic value make it an unlikely target for either external or internal forces.

Iceland-Telecom-Cable-MapThe Icelandic infrastructure for telecommunications networks and services is highly advanced. Mobile phone and Internet penetration in Iceland are among the highest in the world. Iceland is linked with Europe and North America via number of fiber-optic submarine systems. They are Farice-1 to the UK (with a capacity of 0.72 terabits per second and was originally installation in 2003), the Danice cable to Denmark and the Netherlands (with a capacity of 5.1 terabits per second), and Greenland Connect which connects Iceland to Canada and the Northeast United States (with a total capacity of 1.9 terabits per second). Additionally, the new Emerald Express trans-Atlantic cable (with a connection to Iceland) is scheduled to be ready for service before end of this year (2013).

Verne Global and Thor Data Center are examples of new data-centres that have started operation in Iceland in recent years. Besides running on low-cost 100% renewable energy, the growing data-center industry in Iceland is also enjoying a major upgrade of the international submarine telecom capacity between Iceland and mainland Europe

Verne-Global-logo-taglineVerne Global is a company that owns and operates a data center campus in Keflavik in Southwest Iceland. The 18-hectare (approximately 45-acre) Verne Global data centre complex is just west of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, minutes from Keflavík International Airport. Verne Global’s facility has been designed to fully utilise Iceland’s unique environmental power advantages: 100% powered by renewable energy resources and 100% cooled by the natural environment of Iceland, without the use of chillers or compressors.

The largest investor in Verne is the UK investment foundation Wellcome Trust. Verne Global offers data centre decision makers a 100% carbon neutral and affordable power solution with a very precise pricing predictability, a range of server density options and efficiency without extra expense, using natural cooling. The customers of Verne Global customers range in size from those requiring multi-kilowatts to multi-megawatts. With its headquarters in the United Kingdom, Verne Global is led by an experienced team with proven success in the data centre industry.

Thor-Data-Center-Advania-logoThor Data Center (THORDC) in Hafnarfjordur is owned by the Nordic IT company Advania. The Thor Data Center facility is located 10 minutes from  Reykjavik, and a 30 minute drive from Keflavik International Airport. Due to the physical and natural elements in Iceland and the specific datacenter design, Thor Data Center is claimed to be one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world. It is powered by clean renewable hydro- and geothermal energy sources and offers unique value proposition for companies demanding a reliant and cost effective hosting service in a 100% green, zero carbon footprint  environment.

BMW and Icelandic energy in the media

Recently, there has been a lot of international media coverage about Icelandic energy issues.

This includes numerous news-stories about the decision of the flash German car maker BMW to move its high performance computing to a data centre in Iceland, powered by renewable energy. This will save around 3,600 tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

According to the news, BMW  is moving ten of its high performance computing clusters, consuming 6.31 GWh of energy each year annually, from Germany over to the Verne Global Data Centre in Southwest Iceland. The data centre uses electricity from 100 percent renewable sources – Iceland’s geothermal and hydroelectric generators.

Besides the carbon free renewable energy, Icelandic electricity is much cheaper than in any other OECD-country. Thus, BMW will save around 80 percent of the power costs of running calculations including crash test and aerodynamics simulations, as well as computer aided design and engineering calculations.

For more news about Icelandic energy issues, please go to our media-page.

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