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    1. Interop: Data center operators in for a world of change

      Interop: Data center operators in for a world of change

      The basic tasks of running a data center will change out of all recognition in the near future, according to an expert panel speaking at Interop NY on Wednesday, and there really aren't any easy blueprints to follow. The challenges posed by some of the hottest trends in modern business IT, such as cloud computing and BYOD, as well as simple facts of life like increasing server density and commensurate energy costs, all point to vast increases in demand for computing resources.

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    2. Up inside Iceland's green cloud

      Up inside Iceland's green cloud

      To a lot of people, cloud computing evokes an image of something clean and pristine, just hanging there in the wonderful blue sky. But cloud computing is actually quite dirty. The data centers that host the cloud use a huge amount of energy to ensure we have constant access to our email, pictures, videos and all other forms of digital files. In fact, it's said that if the Internet and the data storage that's required to keep it going were a state, it would be one of the five biggest energy consuming countries in the world. But Iceland is taking steps to reduce our collective "footprint" in the cloud.

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    3. How to Host Your Data for Less in Iceland's Green Data Centers

      Iceland's nascent data center industry, powered by cheap, renewable energy, could be a growth driver in that nation's economic recovery and the cloud computing revolution. It could also save your company money. If you're looking to host data between Europe and the U.S., it's worth taking a look at your options in Iceland. Because of Iceland's unique climate, cooling costs are drastically lower than they are in places like New York and London. And the low cost of electricity helps push pricing down further.


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    4. Greenpeace Upgrades Apple’s iCloud Ratings but Hammers It for Lack of Transparency

      Greenpeace Upgrades Apple’s iCloud Ratings but Hammers It for Lack of Transparency

      If Mitt Romney thinks he had a bad week last week he should check with Apple. First, the company was forced to admit that its withdrawal from EPEAT was a mistake. Then came Greenpeace with a report on Apple’s new commitments to green up its cloud, which suggested that while Apple shows some progress, it’s still not enough and the company is still lagging behind other companies such as Facebook and Google.

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    5. Looks like Apple will make a big bet on clean power in Reno, too

      Looks like Apple will make a big bet on clean power in Reno, too

      Apple is producing enough clean power, through solar panels and fuel cells, at its data center in North Carolina that it says it can cover 60 percent of the total energy needs of the data center. Will the tech giant be doing the same thing at its new planned $1 billion data center just outside of Reno, Nevada? While details are few at this point, it sure looks like Apple is looking to have a significant amount of its data center power needs met with clean, and grid-independent, power.

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    6. Apple Plans Huge New Data Center near Reno

      Apple Plans Huge New Data Center near Reno
      Apple is continuing to expand its data center infrastructure to support its growing cloud operations. The company will invest $1 billion over 10 years to build a center at a new technology park near Reno, Nevada. The announcement reflects Apple's growing appetite for data center infrastructure, as...
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    7. Where in the world is my data center?

      Where in the world is my data center?

      In a world where data centers can be built on massive sites in rural North Carolina, in modular pods dropped down in Las Vegas, or in renewable energy-powered countries like Iceland, data center operators have a lot of options. Many are looking to differentiate themselves on efficiency and geography, says Kevin Timmons, the CTO of co-location data center operator CyrusOne, at GigaOM’s Structure event on Thursday.

      Energy efficiency might not have been so important in the past, said Timmons, but that’s increasingly changing as the customer sees they can write a smaller check for using less power. Tate Cantrell, CTO of Verne Global, which built a data center in Iceland that runs completely on the country’s hydro and geothermal power, says renewable energy is also becoming an increasingly important factor in deciding where to build data centers.

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    8. Colt to deliver services via Verne Global's Iceland site

      Verne Global said Colt signed an agreement for data centre capacity at its Keflavik data centre campus. Colt is a key partner for Verne having delivered a 500 sq mt modular data center to the Verne campus in October last year. “Colt works very closely with our customers and partners to continually improve sustainability across all of our data centre assets and modular data centre builds” said Bernard Geoghegan, Executive Vice President at Colt. “As the market continues to evolve, finding innovative methods to reduce the cost and environmental impact of the data centre industry is of tremendous importance and we believe that Verne Global offers a compelling value proposition to Colt and our customers.”

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    9. Jeff Monroe of Verne Global happy with green data center in Iceland

      Jeff Monroe of Verne Global happy with green data center in Iceland

      Posted on14 June 2012. Tags: Asbru Enterprise Park, data center, Green Data Center, Iceland Data Center, Jeff Monroe, Verna Global Jeff Monroe, the CEO of Verne Global, has expressed his happiness with the company’s green data center at Ásbrú Enterprise Park in Iceland and expects more data centers to be established in the country in the near future. Verne Global’s data centre campus in Iceland is 100 percent carbon neutral, dra

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    10. Landsvirkjun in Iceland Offers the Most Competitive Energy Prices in Europe: 100 Percent Green and Renewable Energy

      According to Landsvirkjun, Iceland offers the most competitive energy prices for industries in Europe. Current demand for this 100 percent green and renewable energy comes from existing industries such as aluminum, data centers, and other new emerging sectors that see benefits from using the energy from Iceland. This also includes a potential interconnector from Iceland to the UK or the European continent.

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    11. Most competitive energy prices in Europe offered by Landsvirkjun in Iceland

      Most competitive energy prices in Europe offered by Landsvirkjun in Iceland

      A submarine power cable to the UK or the European continent is a potential win-win project for both Iceland and the receiving country in Europe stated Mr. Magnus Bjarnason, EVP Marketing and Business Development for Iceland’s leading renewable energy company, Landsvirkjun, at the Submarine Power Cable & Interconnection Forum in Amsterdam today. At the forum, Mr. Bjarnason presented opportunities associated with the continued development of hydro, onshore wind, and geothermal renewable energy in Iceland. Read more: http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2012/05/25/most-competitive-energy-prices-in-europe-offered-by-landsvirkjun-in-iceland/#ixzz1w5Sof1I9

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    12. Apple's New Coal-Free Data Centers: Great News, Missed Opportunity

      Apple's New Coal-Free Data Centers: Great News, Missed Opportunity

      This was a good week for Apple. The company announced that “all three of our data centers will be coal free, which is an industry first for anybody of our size.” The jewel in this cloud crown is Apple’s data center in Maiden, North Carolina, where the company plans to generate 60 percent of the facility’s power by itself, through a solar farm and a large deployment of Bloom Box’s fuel cells at the site. However, this could actually have been a great week for Apple if the company took its CSR a little bit more seriously. Since it didn’t, move appeared to be something the company did in response to Greenpeace pressure, rather than a pro-active move. Looking back at Apple’s response to Greenpeace just after the organization released its ‘How Clean is Your Cloud’ Report, you can see hints of the details that ...

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    13. Apple's iCloud Data Center to Use Only Green Power

      Apple's iCloud Data Center to Use Only Green Power

      Apple, a recent target of Greenpeace for its reliance on coal energy to power its data centers, is making a push to bring renewable and environmentally friendly resources to its facilities. Apple officials said on the company’s Website that by the end of the year, its 500,000-square-foot data center in Maiden, N.C.—which powers the vendor’s iCloud service—will be powered entirely by renewable resources, including a combination of solar power and bio-gas-powered fuel cells.

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    14. Updated: Nordics emerge as top green datacentre location

      Updated: Nordics emerge as top green datacentre location

      Businesses keen to develop new datacentres are increasingly looking to the Nordic countries in order to cut their energy bills and enhance their green credentials. That is the conclusion of a new report last week from real estate consultancy Cushman & Wakefield and engineering consultancy hurleypalmerflatt, which found that Nordic countries are proving an increasingly popular location for server farms.

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    15. Iceland Attracts New Business with Clean Energy

      Iceland Attracts New Business with Clean Energy

      Fishing has long been a vital industry in Iceland. It's so imprinted on the national psyche that it's hard to find anyone untouched by it among the tiny population of 320,000. Even Foreign Minister Össur Skarpherdinsson likes to say, "I consider myself to be an old fisherman." Skarpherdinsson now hopes his angling skills will come in handy as he and Iceland cast about for something decidedly different from the customary haul of smelt, herring, cod, mackerel, and other creatures. The North Atlantic island is trying to reel foreign industry on to its shores to prop up an economy still recovering from the 2008 banking collapse. For bait, it is dangling what no other country in the world can — 100 percent renewable electricity.

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    16. Innovative Nordic Supercomputer in Iceland

      Innovative Nordic Supercomputer in Iceland

      National High Performance Computing (HPC) organisations of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland have pooled resources and powered up an innovative joint supercomputer in Iceland. It is innovative not so much for its technology, but for its concept, placement and operations. The supercomputer is hosted in the Advania Thor Data Center in Iceland, a new environmentally friendly “green” data center. The computer is part of a pilot initiative aiming to test remote hosting, such that computing is brought to the energy source and not vice versa, as is the norm, thereby introducing substantial savings. Further aims are to understand the political, organizational and technical aspects of joint ownership, administration and operation of such expensive and strategic infrastructure. Read more: http://www.icenews.is/index.php/2012/04/20/innovative-nordic-supercomputer-in-iceland/#ixzz1snJVlVlr

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    17. Iceland's National Power Company Offers Data Centers the Most Competitive Power Prices in Europe

      Iceland's National Power Company Offers Data Centers the Most Competitive Power Prices in Europe

      Landsvirkjun, Iceland's national power company has announced its aim to power 1% of the European datacenter industry with electricity from renewable hydroelectric and geothermal sources by the year 2020. The estimated electric energy needed to achieve this target is around 1.5 TWh, about 10% of the company's current generation. The ambition is based on Iceland's ample renewable power development opportunities and the fact that the country has been attracting considerable datacenter industry investment drawn by the compelling power proposition, solid infrastructure, and world-class business environment. Landsvirkjun's power proposition is to provide the most competitive energy prices in Europe. Recent public quotes from the company offer fixed real rates of $43/MWh in 12 year contracts. In comparison, European average real market rates were from $65/MWh in 2011 on short term contracts with prices expected to increase considerably over the coming decade. In addition, Iceland ...

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    18. Iceland, Data-Center Hub?

      Iceland, Data-Center Hub?

      On the southwestern tip of Iceland, housed in a former NATO air base, a new $700 million data center is waiting to host the world’s information. Tapping into a ready supply of geothermal energy and cool temperatures, Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, a former banker and the country’s first billionaire, is trying to capture a slice of a rapidly growing market: green data centers. Investment in energy efficient server farms will climb to $41 billion by 2015, according to Pike Research. “Iceland happens to be a rare spot on the earth where there is a convergence of attributes that tick all the boxes,” says Jeff Monroe, chief executive officer of Verne Global, Björgólfsson’s venture. “You have 100 percent renewable energy. We can do 100 percent free cooling.”

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    19. Land of Vikings and modular data centers

      Land of Vikings and modular data centers
      Verne Global built in Iceland where it is being hailed as a pioneer. Also revealed is a deepening relationship with Colt 20 March 2012 by Ambrose McNevin - DatacenterDynamics Print The Vikings got there first though Colt's data center arrived in a bigger boat It is just a few minutes down the road from the Keflavik International Airport in Iceland towards the capital Reykjavik that, if you look carefully, you w
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    20. Inside an Icelandic datacentre

      Inside an Icelandic datacentre

      ZDNet UK visited Iceland in February to see how Colt's modular datacentre design fared after being shipped to a remote country and installed in an ex-NATO military base for Verne Global. Initially, Verne Global's facility is using one Colt module. This consumes around 1.5MW of power, ZDNet UK understands. The site has a substation that can supply up to 60MW of power, and the company has secured guaranteed low-cost electricity from Icelandic utility Landsvirkjun for the next 20 years. State-owned Landsvirkjun is able to provide Verne Global with 100-percent 'green' electricity, as it generates power from renewable hydroelectric and geothermal sources native to Iceland.

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    21. The Renewable Energy Behind Iceland’s Data Centre Bid: In Pictures

      The Renewable Energy Behind Iceland’s Data Centre Bid: In Pictures

      Iceland’s bid to be a data hub is all about energy. It generates surplus electricity from renewable sources, allowing its utilities to offer very competitive prices. Geothermal and hydroelectric power provide a steady baseload, giving data centres guaranteed power, and long-term pricing agreements. TechWeekEurope‘s visit to Iceland included two sustainable power plants, shown here in pictures. Iceland has used hydroelectricity for many years, and the state power utility, Landsvirkjun, apologised for taking us round one of the oldest – Irafoss on the Sog river. 

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    22. Iceland’s carbon-neutral data center opens for business

      Iceland’s carbon-neutral data center opens for business

      Beth Bacheldor is a freelance writer and editor with more than 20 years' experience, with much of that time covering the high-tech and IT industries. She has worked for numerous publications covering nearly every type of business technology, including IT ...

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