• Posted by Marta Lorenzo
  • September 21, 2015 11:53 AM BST

Benefits of the Nordic Region

As this year’s Datacloud Nordic event draws near, a fresh report revealing increased growth due to new demands, builds and market entrants in the Nordic region has been released. BroadGroup’s details suggest that investment across the region, both local and international, will be substantial due to the abundance of green energy resources, lower power costs, tax incentives, comprehensive connectivity, and efficient natural cooling availability.

The region’s rewards as a data center location due to the abundance of renewable energy stem particularly from hydro-electric and wind power advances, and the additional advantages of incentives offered by inward investment agencies, a well-educated workforce, and favorable standards of governance, round off the offering. Industrial electricity pricing in the Nordic Region is the lowest in the EU-28 countries, and costs as low as €0.03kW/h (excluding taxes) have been noted.

Over the next three years, it’s estimated that the Nordic region will receive an estimated €3.3 billion in data center investment, with approximately half originating from international internet organizations. By the end of 2017, the market for third-party data centers is expected to increase nearly two and a half times in square meterage, and triple power requirements.

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Apple Data Centers in Viborg, Central Jutland

Earlier this year, Apple announced it would be building one of the largest data centers in the world in Denmark, powering services such as iTunes Store, App Store, iMessage and Siri with 100% renewable energy. It’s estimated that a combined total of €1.7 billion will be spent establishing and operating two separate data centers, one in central Jutland of Viborg, and the other in County Galway, Ireland. Says Denmark’s trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, “I warmly welcome this investment by Apple, which will give a significant boost to the Danish economy. An investment like this confirms that Denmark has managed to strike the right balance between an ambitious and climate-friendly energy policy and a world-class business environment.

Lefdal Mine Datacenter

A Norwegian mine is set to house Europe’s biggest data center, and Lefdal Mine has signed IBM and Friedhelm LOH Group to be its first tenants. Both businesses have worked on the development of the facility, and will take occupation in August 2016. The data center will open to other clients from October 2016. Covering over 120,000 square meters and spread over six levels, the majority of the mine’s levels are arranged in a grid pattern, connected by a 1,300-meter spiral access road. This road is large enough for two-way traffic by trailers carrying standard transport containers. Developed by Rittal, the modular system used for both the racks and in the containers permits a high degree of standardization, and containers need only be connected to power, comms and cooling supplies for service to begin.

Datacloud Nordic 2015


On the 15th of October 2015, Datacloud Nordic will take place at the Scandic Fornebu Hotel, Oslo, Norway. Registration is now open for the event that will evaluate the scalability, energy, architecture, security and software challenges that confront data centers, while industry experts and top players debate how organizations can successfully accomplish the transitions to cloud. As the Nordic region shows dramatic progress in the data center and cloud markets, this event is a must for all market participants.

Post By Jennifer Klostermann (CloudTweaks)