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Computer-generated image of the datacentre complex
The initial module lives in the KEF101 warehouse complex (pictured) of an old NATO airbase. Verne Global has taken a lease on the entire site, which gives it access to a further 200,000 to 250,000 square feet of space for IT expansion.
Because the site is an old airbase, it is located in one of the most geologically stable areas of the country, according to Tate Cantrell, Verne Global's chief technology officer. The US conducted a thorough environmental survey before helping to set up the base, he said.
In 2010, a volcanic eruption in Iceland disrupted air travel across Europe and covered much of the country in a cloud of ash. The NATO base is located in such a way that Arctic breezes and the Gulf Stream combined to push volcanic effects away from the facility, according to Verne Global.
Image credit: Jack Clark
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