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.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.