European Colocation Companies Hydro66 and maincubes Sign Partnership

Swedish colocation company Hydro66 and colocation provider maincubes, the latter on with data centers located in Frankfurt, Germany as well as Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have signed a partnership for European hyperscale and HPC coverage. The two European data center operators have agreed to partner in delivering “next generation” architecture for corporate customers. The agreement includes joint marketing of products and services.

Oliver Menzel
“Demand is rising in the automotive and IoT sectors for super-efficient, low cost, low latency compute. Combining this with hyperscale HPC workloads and storage with the highest standards of environmental protection and respecting data sovereignty is exactly why we look forward to working with H66,” said Oliver Menzel, CEO of maincubes.

This new combined approach would empower enterprises to optimize their applications and data into latency-sensitivity tiers. Apps or data requiring close-proximity infrastructure can be hosted in Frankfurt or Amsterdam, and the remainder can be hosted at Hydro66’s Boden’s facility in Sweden where costs are significantly lower. This would result in better overall pricing for clients and create a competitive advantage for both companies.

“We know from our customers in Germany that the next wave of applications and requirements are set to dwarf the current ones with the rise of Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning and the digitization of industries,” said Oliver Menzel, CEO of maincubes. “For example, demand is rising in the automotive and IoT sectors for super-efficient, low cost, low latency compute. Combining this with hyperscale HPC workloads and storage with the highest standards of environmental protection and respecting data sovereignty is exactly why we look forward to working with H66 in driving the next wave of innovation in the sector.”

OCP Data Centers Europe

Both Hydro66 and maincubes have established data centers with low-PUE figures meaning these facilities operate very energy efficient. The two colocation providers both also have their facilities powered by green electricity and certified according to highest industry standards including ISO27001. Furthermore, both Hydro66 and maincubes offer Open Compute Project (OCP) infrastructures the ability to be deployed in a data center environment matching OCP requirements.

OCP is a collaborative community focused on redesigning hardware technology to efficiently support the growing demands on compute infrastructure.

David Rowe
“maincubes are leaders in their field of low latency high performing facilities in Frankfurt, including their new carbon neutral facility (FRA02), and Amsterdam whilst Hydro66 is the gold standard for ultra-low carbon emissions hyperscale facilities,” said David Rowe CEO of H66.

Last year, Hydro66 was formally certified by the Open Compute Project as an OCP Ready Colo Facility. Their facility has been operational since October 2015 and was designed and built with OCP compliance in mind. Being an OCP Ready Colo Facility means Hydro66 offers enterprise clients an assured way to deploy OCP servers, storage and networking equipment in a cost-effective and scalable way. Compliance means a proven method for accepting OCP pre-built racks, safe in the knowledge that the data center has been pre-vetted and meets or exceeds all the criteria for hosting OCP gear.

“There is a growing need for data center operators who really understand how to deploy and support OCP infrastructure,” said Steve Helvie, VP of Channel Development at Open Compute Project. “So, having facilities that are OCP Ready becomes a critical piece of the overall value chain.”

OCP Experience Center in Amsterdam

Last year, global data center vendor Rittal and Circle B – one of OCP’s first authorized channel partners in Europe for delivering OCP solutions, have selected the maincubes AMS01 data center in Amsterdam for accommodating the first Open Compute Project (OCP) Experience Center in Europe.

“I am pleased that Rittal and Circle B have decided to work with a major independent and European data center supplier as maincubes,” said Steve Helvie, VP of Channel for the Open Compute Project Foundation at the time of launching this OCP Experience Center in maincubes Amsterdam AMS01. “I am very pleased that these three companies will continue to drive the growth of OCP in the European region.”

The European OCP Experience Center at maincubes AMS01 is located right next to Schiphol Airport. The fully functional OCP environment is available as a demo center but can also be used to test new ‘OCP Accepted’ and ‘OCP Inspired’ data center environments and telco solutions.

“maincubes and Hydro66 make a great combination in addressing the twin needs of hyperlocal and hyperscale requirements,” said David Rowe CEO of H66. “Customers are also looking for solutions to the dual challenges of data scaling and environmental responsibilities. maincubes are leaders in their field of low latency high performing facilities in Frankfurt, including their new carbon neutral facility (FRA02), and Amsterdam whilst Hydro66 is the gold standard for ultra-low carbon emissions hyperscale facilities. Meanwhile, customer data is fully protected by EU data sovereignty.”

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