atNorth, the leading Nordic colocation, high-performance computing, and artificial intelligence service provider, has formally announced that their third Iceland data centre, ICE03, is now fully operational with an initial capacity of ten megawatts (MW), following a swift 11 month build. This brings their total number of operational data centres up to six, with one additional site, FIN02, in Finland under construction.
The new site is a significant milestone in the company’s overarching goal to scale ahead of increasing demand for high-performance computing requirements at a time when cost-efficient sustainable infrastructure is in more demand than ever.
The site is located in a highly strategic position. Iceland as a whole is ranked in the top ten markets for data centre location and atNorth’s Iceland entry recently won the ‘Location’ category at the Tech Capital Global Awards, which aims to recognise a geography for its attractiveness and investor friendly climate when dealing with digital infrastructure investors.
This is an ideal location for data centres, largely due to its access to a highly skilled workforce and cool climate, which is crucial for cost-effective cooling of data centre infrastructure. The country also has an energy supply run on a closed gridpowered by 100 per cent renewable hydro and geothermal energy sources. Iceland also benefits from fully redundant connectivity and now boasts multiple undersea fiber optic cables connecting the country to the UK, Ireland, North America, and mainland Scandinavia.
The ICE03 site offers expansions possibilities of up to 50 MW and is located 250km north of Reykjavík, where other data centres are predominantly located. This geographical separation offers a compelling advantage in terms of disaster recovery and enhanced security. By diversifying the location of its data centres, atNorth said that it represents a reinforcement of its commitment to ensuring the highest level of data protection and business continuity for its clients.
“We are delighted to be expanding our presence in the Nordics once again with a third site in Iceland” said Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson, CEO, atNorth. “With six operational sites across three Nordic countries and another in development, our commitment to meet increasing demand in the industry through continued expansion is evidenced. Furthermore, our dedication to sustainable best practice supports our goal to become the service provider of choice for eco-friendly high-performance infrastructure.”