atNorth, previously Advania Data Centers, has commenced construction work on a new $72 million climate-positive data center in Stockholm, Sweden. The complex will have an IT load of 11.2 MW and generate excess heat that Stockholm Exergi will use to heat local homes.
atNorth will construct the 6,400 square meter data center in seven steps. The first phase is scheduled to be operational in December 2021, a bit later than initially planned due to COVID-19 related delays. The data center, called Stockholm SWE01: SIF DC, will offer racks that can host up to 40kW air cooled infrastructure and over 100kW for liquid cooled infrastructure to meet the growing demand for large scale computing. The facility will provide high-density data center space and atNorth’s flagship AI and high-performance computing Infrastructure as a Service, HPC|FLOW.
“For atNorth, this SIF DC is a landmark project, as we are expanding beyond Iceland. Our goal is to become a world leader in high-performance computing and colocation services,” said Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of atNorth. “We are excited to bring more compute power and services to our ambitious customers. It means they can reduce cost, bring products to market faster than before and solve even more complicated problems.”
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Server Heat Used for Local House Heating
“By collaborating with a leading energy provider in the area, Stockholm Exergi, the heat created by servers in our data center is not wasted,” said CEO Kristinsson. “Instead it is utilized in a supply chain that increases energy efficiency for the whole society and reduces wasteful energy usage.”
The new data center is located in Stockholm’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) district in Kista, one of the world’s largest ICT clusters following Silicon Valley. The location would provide secured access to robust technical infrastructure and brings atNorth to the core of Europe’s technological innovation.
The new data center will be certified with ISO 27001, like all existing data center facilities that atNorth operates and owns. It will be atNorth’s first facility outside Iceland, where it runs two data centers. THOR DC data center in Hafnarfjörður, within Reykjavik’s capital region, and MJOLNIR DC data center in Reykjanesbær, one of Europe’s largest data center campuses with around 80MW of power capacity available today.
All atNorth enterprise solutions are powered with 100% renewable energy. They would feature a world leading power efficiency with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating starting from 1.03. By investing in Stockholm, atNorth will expand to a new electricity market and geo-location. The project is also intended to strengthen its global competitiveness, boost operational security and efficiency, and improve customer service.