GreenQloud, a provider of green energy-powered IaaS cloud hosting solutions from Iceland, has chosen Digital Fortress as its renewable energy-powered colocation provider for the North American expansion of its cloud hosting services. The new GreenQloud Availability Zone in Digital Fortress will be live Q1 2014.
Digital Fortress will house GreenQloud’s second Availability Zone to meet the growing demand for GreenQloud’s cloud services in North America. GreenQloud selects its data center locations based on the availability of renewable power in order to reduce the exponentially increasing amounts of CO2 generated by the IT industry. GreenQloud already has a European Availability Zone in two 100% renewable energy-powered data centers in Iceland.
GreenQloud customers will now be able to select whether to have their data geo-redundant through the US and Iceland, or only redundant through the Iceland datacenter locations.
Colocation Pacific Northwest
The Digital Fortress’ colocation offering with renewable green energy (Seattle City Light), a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) figure and high-availability of fiber connectivity were instrumental in GreenQloud’s decision to choose them as the primary colocation provider in the Pacific Northwest.
“Providing compelling cloud solutions powered by renewable energy is core to GreenQloud’s mission of making the cloud easy-to-use, cost effective and green,” said Bala Kamallakharan, CEO, GreenQloud. “Using Digital Fortress and creating a separate and independent operation in the US meets our stringent renewable energy requirements while enabling US-based companies – who require their cloud provider to have datacenter locations in the US – to utilize GreenQloud’s server hosting, storage and syncing solutions.”
GreenQloud will also be able to offer to datacenter customers private and hybrid cloud hosting solutions, as it has begun doing in its two Iceland datacenter locations, without sacrificing the crucial practice of powering data services on renewable energy.
Iceland offers high speed IP connectivity to Europe and N-America and has a cool climate that would be perfect for running ultra energy-efficient data centers. The country also has one of the most modern electrical power grids in the world and an abundance of inexpensive and 100% renewable energy.