Advania to build sustainable HPC datacenter in Sweden

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Signing the agreement are Anders Egelrud, CEO Stockholm Exergi (left) and Eyjolfur Magnus Kristinsson, CEO Advania Data Centers (right).

Advania and Stockholm Exergi have joined in partnership for the construction of a new HPC data center in Stockholm, Sweden. ADC will lease land in Stockholm Data Parks to build the data center, and the heat generated by computing equipment in the data center will be used for local house-heating in Stockholm. This arrangement ensures a dramatic increase in the energy efficiency of the data center, making it environmentally friendly, and will utilize heat that is traditionally wasted for the benefit of the local community.

We are very excited about Advania Data Centers setting up a new facility in Stockholm Data Parks,” said Erik Rylander, Head of Stockholm Data Parks and Heat recovery at Stockholm Exergi. “It is not only a validation of the benefits of heat recovery and Stockholm as a location for data centers. Being a co-location provider for high performance computing, ADC is pushing the industry standard for how much data processing – and thus how much heat recovery – can be done per IT-rack.”

This is the first data center ADC plans to build outside of Iceland, where it already runs two first-class DC’s. One in Hafnarfjörður, within the capital region of Reykjavik, and one of Europe’s largest data center campuses in Reykjanesbær. By investing in Stockholm, ADC positions itself in two separate electricity markets and geo-locations. The partnership strengthens ADC´s international competitiveness, increases its operational security and efficiency, and will improve the company’s customer service. ADC will be able to serve the ever-growing demand for large scale computing. The company offers both high density data center space as well as its flagship artificial intelligence and high-performance computing infrastructure: HPC|FLOW. To optimize the colocation environment for high density enterprise workloads, ADC will offer standard rack density of more than 40kW per rack.

Design-work and preparation for construction are already underway, the first phase of the facilities is scheduled to be ready for use late 2020. This new enterprise grade data center will be certified with ISO 27001, like all existing data center facilities that ADC operates and owns. It will be built in the city’s central Information and Communications Technology (ICT) district, Kista, which is one of the world’s largest ICT cluster, second only to Silicon Valley (USA). The location provides access to robust technical infrastructure and brings the company to the heart of technical innovation in Europe, with one of the world’s most environmentally friendly data center options. The build-up will be in seven phases, with a total investment of $70 million (USD).

Operating in two separate geo-locations is essential for our future growth, and we’re delighted to take this step,” said Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson, CEO of Advania Data Centers. “It will benefit our customers, as the project will bring increased flexibility, operational security and efficiency to ADC. We envision further development in the Nordic region, in areas where data connections are superb, energy prices competitive, and demand is increasing rapidly. Our operation in Iceland has multiplied in recent years, thanks to our staff, their knowledge, attitudes and clear vision. Now ADC is strengthening its profile as an active international player in a growing market for high-density workloads and artificial intelligence. The new DC will increase our value proposition to our clients.”

About Advania Data Centers:

Advania Data Centers are a European technology company headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland. With two data center campuses in Iceland and one under construction in Sweden, the company offers innovative services and solutions to the high-density compute market. ADC’s flagship Infrastructure-as-a-Service product, HPC|FLOW, is an AI and HPC-as-a-Service solution that allows HPC operators to consume HPC infrastructure in the most efficient manner possible. All Advania solutions are powered with renewable energy and feature high-power efficiency with a PUE starting from 1,03.

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