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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. Iceland’s Thor Data Centre: In Pictures

      Iceland’s Thor Data Centre: In Pictures

      This month saw the launch of Iceland’s bid to become an international data hub.  The new Verne Global data centre was the main feature of the event, but there is already a shared data centre in Iceland – Thor.

      Launched in 2010, Thor originally used standard shipping containers, from AST Modular, but has moved towards a “modular” approach, which based on a shell that can contain a space that mimics the look and feel of a conventional data centre.

      Thor is on the road from Reykjavik to the airport, and TechWeekEurope knows its people well, so we paid a visit there on our way home from the trip organised by Verne.

      Although technically rivals, the two data centres are not at daggers drawn. The two actually share some customers (GreenQloud is in both) and definitely share a mission. They think organisations in Europe and America should ship their data to ...

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    17. Q&A: Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global

      Q&A: Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global

      Verne Global recently opened the doors on its new data center in Keflavik, Iceland, which is powered entirely by renewable energy. Working with modular specialist Colt, Verne Global was able to create a 500 square meter (5,400 square foot) data center in four months. The data center hall consists of 37 modules that were built in the UK and then shipped to Iceland, where they were assembled into a completed data center. We recently had an email question-and-answer with Verne CEO Jeff Monroe about the process of bringing this facility into production.

      Data Center Knowledge: Verne Global announced its project in 2008. Despite some challenges along the way, you persevered and have begun installing tenants. What were the keys to getting the project completed?

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    18. Zero Carbon Footprint Data Center from Verne Global and Colt Industries

      Zero Carbon Footprint Data Center from Verne Global and Colt Industries

      Rakesh Dogra February 14, 2012 No Comments » Location is important for the data center as well. Critical factors like energy efficiency and reliability and zero carbon footprint can be fostered even more by choosing a location that delivers power availability and ambient temperatures. Keeping in mind these requirements, Iceland is coming up in a big way indeed. The country offers ample amount of space, scope for economic de

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    19. Iceland promotes clean-energy data centers

      Iceland promotes clean-energy data centers

      by Staff Writers Keflavik, Iceland (UPI) Feb 13, 2012 disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only Icelandic officials say they are tapping the country's abundance of green energy resources to establish it as a global player in data storage center industry. Ossur Skarpheoinsson, Iceland's minister of Foreign Affairs, last week hailed the opening of a second new "green" data center in the country to be powered completely by geothermal and hydroel

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    20. Iceland promotes clean-energy data centers

      Iceland promotes clean-energy data centers
      February 13, 2012 | Filed under: Business | Posted by: OM Team KEFLAVIK, Iceland, Feb. 13 (UPI) — Icelandic officials say they are tapping the country’s abundance of green energy resources to establish it as a global player in data storage center industry. Iceland geothermal facilities near Grindavík, May 2005. PD Ossur Skarpheoinsson, Iceland’s minister of Foreign Affairs, last week hailed the opening of a second new “green” data center in the country
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    21. Verne Global Officially Opens Green Data Center in Iceland

      Verne Global Officially Opens Green Data Center in Iceland
      February 10, 2012 -- - IT services firm Verne Global announced this week it has officially opened its first data center in Reykjanesbær, formerly a US Naval Air Station, just west of Reykjavik, Iceland. The 1,640 square foot data center, whose cost is estimated at $700 million, sits on 45 acres of land.
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    22. Verne Global's Icelandic Data Centre: In Pictures

      Verne Global's Icelandic Data Centre: In Pictures

      Verne Global’s Icelandic Data Centre: In Pictures Cooled by the outside air and powered by renewable energy, the data centre in Verne’s warehouse is made from modules On February 10, 2012 by Peter Judge 0 Colt’s big idea with its modular data centres is to make conventional data centres – but really quickly, delivering them on site in four months. Verne Global’s data centre at Keflavik, Iceland is the first modular data centre which Colt has built for an external customer, and the first it has s

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    23. New Centre Bids To Establish Iceland As Data Hub

      New Centre Bids To Establish Iceland As Data Hub

      Verne Global’s data centre in Keflavik, Iceland, has opened with a handful of initial customers and an upgraded level of network support from partner Colt. The Keflavik centre, announced in September, has dual sources of renewable energy, and its first customers include cloud provider GreenQloud and CCP Gaming, the Iceland-based maker of the popular EVE Online game. Telecoms firm Colt, which built the data centre, has increased its commitment to Iceland, by installing a point of presence (PoP) in the site and announcing plans for a redundant ring between Iceland, Amsterdam and London.

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