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    1. 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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    2. New Tenants for Verne’s Modular Colo in Iceland

      New Tenants for Verne’s Modular Colo in Iceland

      Has Iceland arrived as a data center destination? Today marked a coming-out party for the leading player in the nascent Iceland data center market, as Verne Global unveiled its new “modular colo” data center in Keflavik, along with three new tenants. Today’s event for analysts and media also served as a showcase for the use of modular designs to rapidly deploy data center space in remote locations with vast sources of renewable power. 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.

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      Mentions: Iceland Europe Cisco
    3. Thor Data Center Bought by Iceland’s Skyrr

      Thor Data Center Bought by Iceland’s Skyrr
      Iceland’s Thor Data Center has been acquired by Skyrr, one of Iceland’s largest IT service providers, he companies said today. Thor provides modular data center services to customers including Opera Software. Skyrr is based in Iceland but also has a solid position in the Nordic markets through its subsidiaries abroad in Norway and Sweden. Skýrr offers integrated services in software, consulting, hardware, IT operations and hosting. “We have been looking into developing a data centre here in Iceland for a while now as there are so many great opportunities in this field, especially in foreign markets,” said Gestur G. Gestsson, the CEO of Skýrr. “We expect that Thor Data Center will help bring in foreign currency and contribute to the overall development of the country’s economy.
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      Mentions: Iceland Norway AST
    4. Could Solar Power Be More Than Window Dressing?

      Could Solar Power Be More Than Window Dressing?
      Solar power has been only capable of producing a small part of data centre energy needs, but this may change, says Peter Judge Solar power has always seemed a good long term bet for renewable energy. After all, pretty much every single Joule of energy we use on the planet comes from the sun originally The sun’s energy is caught by plants, which make fuels, either through the long process of fossilisation producing oil and gas, or by directly producing wood, or man-made ethanol to burn. Animals’ energy comes from plants, and the sun drives the water cycle which produces hydro-electric energy. Nuclear power uses energy stored from older suns where the heavier elements are made. Geothermal energy does include energy originating on earth – it is the heat of the earth’s core, but it is maintained at that temperature by radioactive decay inside the earth.
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    5. Emerald plans new cloud cable to the US

      Emerald plans new cloud cable to the US
      US-based startup Emerald Networks has joined a race to build the first new transatlantic telecommunication cable since 2003, linking Ireland and Iceland to North America. It hopes to lay the USD 300m transatlantic telecoms cable by 2013. The initiative could bring hundreds to jobs to the country with Co Mayo, where the cable will make landfall, receiving a particular boost. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has unveiled the project, heralding it as a big step in the government's ambition to make Ireland a global hub for cloud computing. "This will give great connectivity around the whole country, which is vitally important for attracting high tech investment in the future," government spokesman Tom McLoughlin said. Demand for remote data centres is increasing, boosted by the rising trend of so-called cloud computing, where information is stored and processed at massive remote data centres.
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      Mentions: Iceland Europe Norway
    6. Ireland/Iceland Atlantic cable aims for data jobs

      Ireland/Iceland Atlantic cable aims for data jobs
      DUBLIN, UK: Ireland and Iceland are seeking to fuel their hard-hit economies and exploit their position on the western edge of Europe with new data centers to be connected via a new, $300 million transatlantic telecoms cable by 2013. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny unveiled the project -- which Ireland hopes will help in its ambition in becoming a global hub for cloud computing -- on Thursday at Dublin Castle. Also Read: Cloud computing: Who has what in their cloud box "This will give great connectivity around the whole country, which is vitally important for attracting high tech investment in the future," Irish government spokesman Tom McLoughlin said. Demand for remote data centers is increasing, boosted by the rising trend of so-called cloud computing, where information is stored and processed at massive remote data centers. Ireland's temperate climate suits the centers, which require huge amounts of power to run and to ...
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    7. Video: Verne, Colt Bring Modular Data Centres to Iceland

      Video: Verne, Colt Bring Modular Data Centres to Iceland
      Verne Global’s new data center in Iceland will deploy customer servers in a factory-built modular server hall designed and built by Colt in its UK factory and shipped to Verne’s site in a former NATO command center. In this video, executives from Verne discuss their location and why they chose...
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    8. U.S. Tech Giants Become Alternative Energy's Fairy Godfathers

      U.S. Tech Giants Become Alternative Energy's Fairy Godfathers
      While the failure of government-backed solar start-up Solyndra generated a lot of news headlines, it has also encouraged some discussion about the role of government in helping get new industries off the ground. It may also have highlighted the fact that venture capital companies and their investors may be starting to fall out of love with alternative energy, an industry that has proven it needs a long runway for take-off. Venture capitalists and investors, not always the most patient of people, seem to be increasingly wary about investing in technologies that are still in their infancy, or at least in their youth. But as the news last week brought us the knowledge that the seven billionth human being entered the world somewhere in India, the need to move forward with alternative energy remains urgent. And move forward it will: though it may not find itself using government cash or traditional ...
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    9. Can an IT Snowball Grow in Iceland?

      Iceland is working to tip the scales toward renewable energy in a world where most computing needs are powered by coal. More News From ClimateWire DOE Project Probes for a Major CO2 Repository for Northeast Power Plants Republicans Probe Whether DOE's Effort to Save Solyndra Violated 2005 Energy Act Nations Heading to Durban Climate Talks Remain Deeply Divided British Engineer Says Climate, Resource Problems Make Future Economic Growth Much Harder One Man's Struggle to Bridge the Landlord-Tenant Energy Divide A blog about energy and the environment. Go to Blog » The familiar fuss is that fossil fuels make the most business sense for computing. Data centers -- the big warehouses full of servers that process all our Googling, emailing, online banking and so forth -- are situated in areas that have easy access to cheap energy. Coal and other traditional energy sources keep them running. But as data centers proliferate to ...
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    10. Can Iceland's Renewables Power the Web?

      Can Iceland's Renewables Power the Web?
      Iceland is working to tip the scales toward renewable energy in a world where most computing needs are powered by coal. The familiar fuss is that fossil fuels make the most business sense for computing. Data centers -- the big warehouses full of servers that process all our Googling, emailing, online banking and so forth -- are situated in areas that have easy access to cheap energy. [More]
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    11. A Zero Emissions Data Center For Iceland

      A Zero Emissions Data Center For Iceland
      EarthTechlingA Zero Emissions Data Center For IcelandEarthTechlingThe facility was designed to take advantage of Iceland's chilly climate with free cooling 365 days a year. More information on the project will be available on the Colt/Verne Global Data Center website. Colt_Verne Global Data Center.and more »
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    12. Carbon-neutral data center powered by renewable energy, cooled by Iceland's chilly climate

      Carbon-neutral data center powered by renewable energy, cooled by Iceland's chilly climate
      Building a data center that minimizes use of fossil fuels is one of the gargantuan tasks facing the IT industry, yet at least one company has a simple solution: move to Iceland. With cooling freely provided by nature and access to both geothermal and hydroelectric energy, the UK-based co-location vendor Verne Global says it is on the verge of opening a “100% carbon neutral” data center before ...
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    13. Iceland opens carbon neutral data centre

      Iceland opens carbon neutral data centre
      IIceland has opened a new 100 percent carbon neutral data centre site that will support UK and US companies wanting to save money and widen their green IT strategies. UK firm Verne Global is the first company to open a data centre at the 18-hectare Keflavik site which was previously used by the military, including NATO operations. Also in this channel News In Depth How-Tos Blogs Slideshows Related Articles AMD stock inside trader in fight over cash gains How much profit he made illegitimately is disputed >> Apple fans pay tribute to Steve Jobs in London Flowers, pictures and apples left at Covent Garden store >> Huawei gunning for Cisco in the enterprise The Chinese and intellectual property issues are well in the past as Huawei enters the US and global enterprise market >> Wikileaks Wikileaks - fearless whistleblowers or irresponsible nuisances? Keep up to date with the latest developments. Read more The data ...
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    14. Datapipe Plugs Into Verne’s Icelandic Data Centre

      Datapipe Plugs Into Verne’s Icelandic Data Centre
      Datapipe signs up, as the modules start to ship to build Verne Global’s green data centre Verne Global has announced a customer for, and released more details of, the data centre it announced last month in Iceland, powered by renewable energy. Managed services firm Datapipe will deliver what it calls “green cloud” services from equipment installed in the data centre that Verne is building in the former NATO airbase in Kevlavik, Iceland. While Verne finishes the preparation of the building, Colt is shipping a modular data centre, which will be up and running before the end of the year. First of many? Verne gets its warehouse ready “The modules are now in the shipping process,” said Verne’s CEO Jeff Monroe, speaking to eWEEK Europe at the NetEvents press summit in Frascati, Italy. The data centre, apparently the first external order Colt has had for its modular product, will ...
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    15. Verne Global launches first dual-sourced renewably powered data center; Datapipe on board by Doug Mohney

      Verne Global launches first dual-sourced renewably powered data center; Datapipe on board by Doug Mohney
      Verne Global – the sponsor of Green Data Center News – has formally announced the world’s first dual-sourced 100 percent renewably powered data center.  Datapipe, a provider of managed services and infrastructure for mission critical IT and cloud computing, is the first announced customer. After you get through the fact that having dual-sourced 100 percent renewable – hydro and geothermal – power is just cool, there’s also the fact power is cheap in Iceland and there’s “Free” cooling due to the location close to the Arctic Circle.  Verne is estimating the combination of lower-cost power and free cooling could save operational costs of up to 50 percent over a data center located in New York or Europe.  Last week, I wrote about Verne’s selection of Colt to provide a climate-customized modular data center option for rapid build-out of facilities at the company’s 18-hectare campus in Keflavik, Iceland. The Colt ...
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    16. Datapipe Goes Modular With Verne in Iceland

      Datapipe Goes Modular With Verne in Iceland
      Managed hosting provider Datapipe will be the first tenant in Verne Global’s new data center in Iceland, deploying customer servers in a factory-built modular design housed within a former NATO command center. The combination of a modular design and the Iceland location provide Datapipe with an unusual trifecta – a highly energy efficient facility, powered entirely by renewable energy, with stable energy pricing. “Verne Global has engineered an environmentally sustainable data centre that will enable Datapipe to expand into a new market while continuing our environmental leadership,” said Robb Allen, CEO of Datapipe. “Power and cooling efficiencies combined with the strategic geographic location will provide our clients with an option for carbon neutral, enterprise ready IT services and a 100% green cloud.”
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    17. ‘Zero Emissions’ Wholesale Data Center Coming to Iceland

      ‘Zero Emissions’ Wholesale Data Center Coming to Iceland
      Colt, the British data center specialist, is building what it and partner Verne Global call a “zero emissions” data center slated to come online by year’s end. More News From GigaOm ‘Zero Emissions’ Wholesale Data Center Coming to Iceland Apple Highlights TV Content on iOS in App Store Section ShortForm’s Social Channels Add Videos From Facebook, Twitter More Than 1/3 of U.S. Android Phones Run on 4G Judge May Grant Brief Injunction in Australian iPad Patent Case The new facility, to be located on an old NATO base in Iceland, will run solely on geothermal and hydroelectric power, the availability of which make Iceland attractive for building data centers. Colt built the 37 modules that will make up the 500-square-meter facility and will ship them to Keyflavik, Iceland, for installation next month and to be operational within four months, according to a blog post by Bernard ...
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