Inside an Icelandic datacentre

Inside an Icelandic datacentre

Summary: ZDNet UK visited Iceland to see how a 100-percent renewable energy-powered free-cooled datacentre fared using Colt's modular design in Iceland's remote, chilly climate


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  • Datacentre interior

    Colt's modules are built to a standardised internal design that uses columns to wire the facility with environmental and security sensors, fire suppression, and other services. If need be, they can also host power sockets and additional security cameras, depending on the customer's needs.

    They also serve a structural purpose, according to Guy Ruddock, Colt's datacentre and real estate implementation director. "They play a key role in allowing us to double-stack the datacentres, by keeping the overall height down," he said. 

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  • Datacentre corridor

    Some of the first companies to take space in the facility include GreenQloud, which runs a public cloud service that prides itself on its environmental credentials.

    The producer of popular online role-playing game Eve Online has also taken an undisclosed amount of space to use for testing and development, though the main game lives on a supercomputer named 'Tranquility' in a Docklands datacentre in London for latency reasons.

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  • Underfloor cabling

    Above, Colt's Guy Ruddock shows off the datacentre's underfloor cabling.

    Unlike some datacentre companies, Colt can handle both underfloor and overhead cabling, according to customer preference: Verne Global opted for underfloor cabling. This helps air circulate in and out of the enclosed server aisles, the company said.

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Topics: Datacentre Tour, Networking

Jack Clark

About Jack Clark

Currently a reporter for ZDNet UK, I previously worked as a technology researcher and reporter for a London-based news agency.

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