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Iceland, with its abundant geothermal resources, is aiming to become a destination for low-cost datacentres, and colocation specialist Verne Global is one of the first to set up a facility in the country.
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.
The power constraints on datacentres in metropolitan European cities could tempt businesses into locating their data in Iceland, Verne Global believes. Moving there would also allow them to use a fully 'green' datacentre and avoid the outcry that Facebook experienced from Greenpeace when it used coal-sourced power for its Prineville, Oregon facility.
"You have power availability in the European area pressing down on the providers, carbon regulations, rising operational costs and all that, coupled with an explosion of data," said Tate Cantrell, Verne Global's chief technology officer. "If someone thinks that Iceland's not a secure place to store data, I challenge anyone on that one."
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