Top 10: Data centre startups

Here are some of the leading startup businesses within the data centre sector
Data Centre Magazine considers some of the leading data centre startup businesses that are celebrated for their innovation and commitment to connectivity

In a world where the data centre is more powerful than ever before, there are a wide range of companies in the sector committed to harnessing data in innovative and sustainable ways.

Data centres ultimately help enterprises develop more creative methods of data processing and reliable storage solutions that help them to branch out into the use of cutting-edge technologies, including the cloud and alternative hybrid solutions.

With this in mind, here are some of the leading startup businesses within the data centre sector committed to building networks of the future.

10. Deep Green

Deep Green harnesses waste heat from data centres for reuse by businesses and local communities. The company deploys data furnace technology into sites which require hot water to provide vital compute infrastructure. It does this whilst providing significant additional quantifiable ESG benefits.

Using the latest immersion cooling technology, Deep Green’s ‘digital boiler’ concept works to extract heat from its on-site edge data centres to provide hot water for swimming pools, apartment blocks, in addition to a range of other industries.

9. Apto Data Centers

Launched by real estate investor Pimco in September 2023, Apto aims to deliver world-class hyperscale data centres across Europe.

With a mission to lead the next wave of the digital economy, Apto is aiming to partner with leading cloud service providers to facilitate its expansion across the continent. The company intends to build and operate data centres for providers that are expanding into Europe, as well as managing Pimco’s data centre assets.

8. Ultrascale Digital Infrastructure

Ultrascale Digital Infrastructure (UDI) is on a mission to revolutionise data centre cooling, addressing the urgent need for efficiency and sustainability. By using a mix of proven, mature technologies and innovative solutions, UDI is empowering tomorrow's data centres with advanced cooling capabilities that support up to 150+kW per rack, eliminate water, refrigerant, and chemical usage, and achieve a remarkable 1.03 PUE in any climate.

UDI's approach is paving the way for a future where data centres can operate seamlessly while minimising their environmental impact.

7. Ardent Data Centers

Ardent Data Centers is shaping the future of High Performance Computing (HPC) with purpose-built, cutting-edge infrastructure that enables organisations to achieve ground-breaking advancements. The company harnesses the industry's most advanced compute capabilities, coupled with the latest flexible liquid cooling technologies, to deliver unparalleled performance, density, and availability.

Ardent Data Centers stands at the forefront of innovation, driving efficiency and sustainability while empowering businesses to unlock their full potential.

Image source: Ardent Data Centres LinkedIn

6. Edge Cloud Link

ECL is a data centre solution company in the United States that is fully sustainable with zero impact on the environment. The company is currently working on building and operating the best fully sustainable modular data centres globally. 

The company is aiming to be a pioneer by using Hydrogen to power its data centres continuously. It is leveraging Hydrogen as a fuel to generate power using fuel cells, with zero-emission and a byproduct of water.

5. Data Castle

Data Castle designs, plans, builds and operates energy efficient and highly available data centres. It is a trusted platform for securing server housing and colocation at prime locations across Germany.

With its solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of its customers, its platform serves as an intelligent interface for hyperscalers and enterprises of all sizes, as well as businesses and public institutions. Although a startup, the company boasts a wealth of experience in its commitment to sustainability and drive to accelerate digital transformation.

4. SC Zeus Data Centers

SC Zeus Data Centers is working to build a next-generation network of advanced data centres across Asia. It prides itself on operating data centres that boast innovative designs and infrastructure to optimise scalability, reliability and security, in addition to maximum energy efficiency and a roadmap to 100% clean and renewable energy.

The company’s vision is to become one of Asia’s leading data centre networks. In 2023, it announced a broad range of site acquisitions including locations such as Osaka in Japan.

Image source: SC Zeus Data Centers

3. Lone Star Data Holdings

Lone Star Data Holdings was founded by a team of experts from cloud and space verticals to pioneer a future for data at the edge. The company’s goal is to apply abundance thinking and exponential technologies to the exploration of the moon, in addition to the endless possibilities of lunar storage for the human race. 

Despite desiring to deploy data centres on the moon, the company is very much committed to a carbon negative future. In October 2023, the company announced that it would be completing a test transmission of the US Declaration of Independence by hoping to make it the first document to be digitally stored on the moon.

2. Form8tion Data Centers

Established by US real estate group Thor Equities in 2023, Form8tion Data Centers provides a range of sustainable data centre solutions and colocation data centres for hyperscale and enterprise clients, combining leading industry expertise with private investment.

In July the company broke ground on its maiden data centre project in Spain. The Madrid One facility, located in the municipality of Fuenlabrada, will deliver over 60,000 m2 of technical space with a total IT load exceeding 100MW.

Image source: Form8tion Data Centers

1. Evroc

Hoping to redefine the sustainable data centre, Evroc offers a wide range of data centre services. Its platforms include the full suite of cloud services across compute, storage, networking, application integration and a highly-rated developer experience. By 2028, the company states that it will operate eight hyperscale data centres and three software development hubs across Europe.

The company recently announced that it is intending to invest €600m (US$649.49m) to develop a proposed hyperscale cloud and critical AI data centre in Stockholm, Sweden, to house 16,000 graphics processing units (GPUs).


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