Nordic colo firm claims to have opened Swedens first large-scale HPC hub

atNorth, a leading high-performance colocation provider, has announced the launch of its new data centre in Kista, which it claims is the first high-performance computing (HPC) facility in Sweden specifically designed for high-density workloads, such as advanced calculations for AI, simulations, and risk analysis. 

The computer-intensive HPC data centre has been built from the ground up to be scalable and flexible in order to cater to evolving market changes and customer needs. The centre has also been designed to operate with the lowest carbon footprint possible. 

Upon completion, atNorth’s Stockholm data centre will span a total of 6,400 square metres, with an IT capacity of more than 11 megawatts (MW). Due to high demand, the next phase of the buildout will add about 4.8 MW of IT capacity, which will bring the overall capacity to over six MW. This expansion is already underway, with expected deployment in the autumn of 2022. 

“For a country like Sweden and a city like Stockholm, which is at the forefront of digitalisation, data centres are an important part of the business ecosystem,” explained the Mayor of Stockholm, Anna König Jerlmyr. “Data centres are necessary whenever we use digital services, mobile apps or conduct digital meetings.

“We are pleased with atNorth’s choice to establish itself in Stockholm, as we actively work to show hospitality to innovative companies that create value for the region.”

Stefan Jofors-aTribe, who leads atNorth’s establishment in Sweden as the Nordic Sales Director, said: “Data-driven businesses require a new type of data centre. We will be the first colocation player in the Nordics to build a facility fully equipped for high-capacity services from the start. The choice of Stockholm and surrounding Sweden is strategic, with its access to renewable energy, great connectivity, and an infrastructure that allows us to deliver our services with high precision to customers both in and outside the Nordic region.”

The new data centre uses heat recovery for both air-cooled and liquid-cooled IT infrastructures. All the residual heat from the data centre is recycled in collaboration with Stockholm Exergi, whose district heating plant is in proximity, where the excess heat generated from the new data center could heat up to 20,000 apartments. The new site also operates on 100 per cent renewable energy.

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