atNorth expands Mjölnir data centre to meet customer demand
atNorth has yesterday announced an expansion of its ICE02 Mjölnir data centre campus near Keflavik International Airport to meet customer demand.
The Nordic data centre company is constructing the eleventh building for the campus which will aim to expand overall space by 1250m³ - a 10% increase over its current floorspace.
The new building will be made from “environmentally friendly timber and aluminium” and will provide an “additional 4 MW of power for their DCpro services,” atNorth claims.
Looking to the future
atNorth claims that the Mjölnir site has more than doubled in size over the past two years due to increased customer demand and also says that there could be a further two buildings added “in the near future.”
The company also states that the data centre is powered by 100% renewable energy, having been built using sustainable materials.
The centre also produces “more than 80MW of power drawn from sustainable geothermal and hydro energy sources”, providing atNorth with “renewable power for HPC applications while reducing its carbon footprint,” the company said.
The low outside temperatures in Iceland allow for data centre cooling to take place, which enhances the performance of liquid-cooled systems.
The atNorth Mjölnir data centre in Iceland. Image: atNorth
Security and sustainability
In addition to Mjölnir located near Keflavik Airport, atNorth has a second centre in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city.
Named “Thor DC”, atNorth claims that it offers Tier III capabilities for demanding workloads, and that Iceland is the “world’s safest data centre location” where high-density computing needs can be met.
The organisation also says that their data centres “will continue to grow when required with virtually unlimited growth potential.”
The company says that it has the option to increase its megawatts usage if needed and aims to provide predictable costs to aid its future plans.
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.