Iceland scores major datacenter win with BMW and Verne Global

With BMW Iceland gets their first high-profile, internationally known datacenter customer.

Despite a very rocky start in bringing high-profile international customers to Iceland, Verne Global has continued to push the advantages of geothermal power and free-air cooling to customers who might be considering relocating some part of their datacenter infrastructure to their campus on the former NATO air station in Iceland.

If anything, the one major concern that has limited the range of customers who might one to make the move is dealing with the potential latency issues for world-wide organizations storing data or running applications in an Icelandic datacenter. Verne Global’s first really high-profile international customer has figured out a way around this potential problem.

In its initial project with Verne, BMW Group is moving some of their dedicated high-performance computing (HPC) applications to the Icelandic facility in order to take advantage of the power and cooling efficiencies the site provides. BMW is expecting to move 10 of their HPC clusters, which consume over 6 GW-h of power annually, to Iceland and expects to reduce their power costs by 82%.  Additionally, the switch to renewable power has BMW planning on reducing their carbon emissions by over 3500 metric tons annually, saving the equivalent carbon emissions that would result from burning almost 40,000 gallons of gasoline.

The HPC clusters that BMW plans to move run compute intensive applications such as aerodynamic calculations, computer aided design and engineering, and crash simulations, all critical to the development of next generation products, but which aren’t really impacted by any potential latency issues.

Taking advantage of the benefits that Icelandic datacenters can provide while minimizing exposure to potential problems will be the path that brings success to the project of making Iceland a world datacenter hub.