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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  • Module systems

    Colt's modules are built to an exoskeletal design where their power distribution (pictured), cooling and fire-suppression systems are placed on the outside of the module. This means they can be maintained without having to have lots of people traipsing in and out of the server rooms.

    Image credit: Jack Clark

  • 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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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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