According to the Data Centre Risk Index 2016, Iceland ranks number one of the key established and emerging data center locations compared by Cushman & Wakefield.
The Data Centre Risk Index is designed to support data centre due diligence and senior decision making when considering global investment. 37 countries are ranked according to a number of the most appropriate risks affecting data centre operations in today’s current climate. The risks assessed include e.g. natural disasters, energy security, the share of renewable energy, ease of doing business, corporation tax and political stability.
The full report and a short introduction is available on Cushman and Wakefield’s website.
At World Hosting Days Global 2016 Jorge L. Balcells, Director of Technical Services at Verne Global Data Center, explained what disaggregation of data is, how it is changing the data center landscape and why the industry should embrace it.
Verne Global was one of the participants at WHD2016 under the umbrella of Invest in Iceland. The other companies were Landsvirkjun, national power company, ON Power, Farice, Kadeco, Nyherji, Opin Kerfi (OK) and the municipality of Blönduós.
The International Telecommunications Union’s ICT Development Index 2015 ranks 167 economies based on information and communication technologies (ICTs), based on internationally comparable data and agreed methodologies. Iceland ranks number 3 and increases the score from 2010 in all three main categories; ICT access, ICT use and ICT skills.
At World Hosting Days 2014 Anthony G. Nichols, VP IT at Opera Software, ASA, gave a definitive answer to the question; “You put your servers where?”. Opera Software provides server-assisted mobile browsing to over 250 million users around the world and continues to grow. In this Nichols explains Opera?s site selection process for colocation, how this has changed over time, and uses the specific case for Iceland as an illustrative case. In this talk he describes some of the particular challenges of this service, how Opera achieves reliability across multiple sites and the factors considered during the RFP which range from PUE to power cost, from latency to density.
Landsvirkjun, Iceland’s national power company, is focusing on meeting the demands of the data center industry for competitively priced green energy and reliable delivery. The company has dedicated a section of its website to data center, explaining the competive edge and providing a video, explaining the value proposition.
Verne Global offers a Fly-through tour of their green data center in Iceland. They do also answer the question what Iceland has to offer the data center industry in Iceland with a warm welcome from Iceland’s Ministers of Industry and Commerce. And the key is solving the green data center problem.
Svartsengi Geothermal Resource park is the heart of a green industrial park on Reykjanes, including wold renowned Blue Lagoon and Verne Global data center. A short film on the HS Orka Resource Park explains the concept in details.