Lefdal Mine Datacenter in Norway Now Open For Business

Lefdal Mine Datacenter, a former mine located at the West Coast of Norway that’s being transformed into a highly secured colocation data center, is now open for business. The company has just completed the build out of Phase 1. 

The mountain hall facility features a cooling capacity of 45 MW and has a potential of 120.000 m2 of net whitespace and 200+ MW IT capacity, delivered in container solutions or traditional white space. IBM will start offering their ‘Resiliency Services’ from Lefdal Mine Datacenter.

The flexibility at Lefdal Mine Datacenter would be unique, in terms of available space as well as different technical solutions. The large space and capacity, 16 meters roof height in the mountain halls and the related logistics allows for a variety of colocation data center solutions. Customers are also able to get a ‘pay as you grow’ model, with “no risk of paying for capacity not needed.” 

lefdal-mine-datacenter-2“We can facilitate all known concepts for white space solutions and the facility structure enables a streamlined solution for containers in different shapes and sizes,” said Jørn Skaane, CEO of Lefdal Mine Datacenter. We can also customize power density, temperature, humidity, operational equipment, Tier level and all related services ensuring the right solution for all our customers, says Skaane. I want to thank both Rittal and IBM for their contribution to the design and the build out process, and for contributing with their global leading products and services into our ecosystem.”

Lefdal Mine Datacenter will offer a Tier III colocation data center service. The data is protected inside EMP secured mountain halls. The colocation facility has access from two single points of entry. This would offer a high level of natural security and access control. The design and documentation of infrastructure installations are highly confidential, says Lefdal Mine management and there is specially trained security staff onsite 24/7.

“We acknowledge the increase in demand for high secure data center capacity, and foresee a future where governments and private sector invest in solutions guaranteeing uptime and proper solutions for back-up and disaster recovery, added Jørn Skaane.


Lefdal Mine Datacenter offers different types of IT environments, and will deploy ‘Open19’ in the facility. This is a new way to build out data center capacity. An open platform that can fit any 19” rack environment for servers, storage and networking. Lefdal Mine Datacenter will offer “Servers slots as a Service”. 

Over the next months, Lefdal Mine datacenter will gradually start to move in customers. Some of the first international customers moving in include:

  • iNNOVO Cloud – a German cloud provider moving in with high density IT containers. The first installment will be up and running in September serving both Norwegian and International clients with their cloud portfolio.
  • LocalHost AS – a leading fully managed service provider on the west coast of Norway, has bought the first Rittal Rimatrix 6 container, and will provide single rack and smart hands services from Lefdal Mine.
  • Fortuitus AG – a Swiss technical infrastructure project financing company, are installing 4MW of immersion cooled HPC infrastructure into the mine in Q3 2017, to support FinTech applications for European customers.