SuperNAP Italy takes a big step forward

First data center from their international partnership.

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Lindab Building Systems announced this week that they had received an order for one of their Astron steel buildings from the SuperNAP European data center partnership for the first SuperNAP facility, located in the Milan, Italy region.

The partnership -- which includes Switch, Orascom TMT Investments (OTMTI), and Accelero Capital Holdings -- was created to build Tier IV data centers outside Switch's home base in the US. The original plan, announced back in March 2015, calls for using the custom data center design features in use at the 100 percent wholly owned Switch facilities in the US as exemplified by their flagship facility in Las Vegas.

The $5.7 million cost of the Astron building, which is a customizable steel structure that will allow the use of the SuperNAP technologies that are part of the building structure, such as dual-desk Switch Shield roof design, is the first major spend of the approximately $300 million total projected cost of the new data center. Lindab is looking towards additional work with the SuperNAP projects to offset the reduced demand for their products from the Russian and Belarussian markets, where the Swedish building company has been very strong in recent years.

While no commissioning date has been set for the Milan data center, the major components of the Astron building are expected to delivered on site by mid- 2016.

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