AQ Compute Partner with NexGen Cloud to Debut AI Data Centre

Located in Norway, the data centre is the first developed by AQ Compute Partners and is designed to increase sustainability within AI infrastructure

AQ Compute is marking a transformative first entry into data centre development by harnessing the power of AI technology to drive innovation.

Originating from its key partner, Aquila Group, the company has completed its first site, AQ-OSL1, in Hønefoss, Norway, as part of its mission to deliver Net Zero AI. In order to develop AI whilst keeping a low carbon footprint, AQ Compute has partnered with leading sustainable GPU cloud company, NexGen Cloud, as part of its mission to deliver the first AI Supercloud in Europe.

The project will train large-scale AI foundational models in a green and sustainable way.

AI that drives both growth and sustainability strategies

AQ Compute aims to provide flexible and modular colocation data centres across metropolitan areas. With the goal being that these campuses are built to handle the highest densities, the company states that its data centres are AI-Ready and suitable for all compute, storage and GPU applications.

In recent months, there has been an increased drive towards modular data centres, given their flexibility in an age of AI. As the demand for new technologies continues to challenge the data centre industry, data centre companies are having to improve their sustainable practices to ensure that their data and storage needs are met.

Operating with Aquila Group, the companies work to provide extensive support in enterprise renewable energy projects. AQ Compute provides data centre and colocation services around Europe powered by renewable energy sources, in addition to a pan-European data centre strategy.

The company also provides colocation capacities that are suited to hyperscalers that can be tailored and built-to-suit individual needs of the client. Offering a wide range of capacities and energy-efficient technologies, AQ Compute’s services are designed to help more businesses achieve their sustainable goals.

The future of sustainable data centres

Anticipating increased needs for both AI and sustainable operations, the AQ-OSL1 facility reportedly uses ultra-high-density cooling and direct liquid cooling to increase the temperature that the data centre can operate. Simultaneously, it also seeks to reduce cooling costs and water consumption, with excess heat generated by the data centre being reused for the facility.

The company commented via a LinkedIn post: “AQ-OSL1 is not just another data centre, but a milestone in the field of AI computing in Europe. With state-of-the-art infrastructure designed for the most demanding AI workloads, this facility paves the way for a greener, more sustainable future for the data centre industry.”

The collaboration between AQ Compute and NextGen not only seeks to drive the development of AI infrastructure in Europe, but also sets a precedent for sustainable practices within the data centre industry.

Large data centre operators have been expanding into Europe in recent months, seeking to capitalise on the recent AI boom. Big market players like NTT, Google and Microsoft have opened their first data centre campuses in countries across Europe, expanding their use of generative AI (Gen AI) in a bid to move towards a more decarbonised world.

“Our partnership with NexGen Cloud is an example of our shared vision of using technology for positive environmental impact,” says Henry Daunert, CEO of AQ Compute. “By combining our expertise in sustainable data centre solutions with NexGen Cloud’s innovative AI capabilities, we are able to drive significant change in the IT landscape.”

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