Bridging the Icelandic data center connectivity gap

The abundance of cheap, environmentally-friendly power in Iceland has not gone unnoticed by the data center community. Neither has the shortage of high-quality network connections.

Bridging the Icelandic data center connectivity gap
Bridging the Icelandic data center connectivity gap

Writing recently in ComputerWeekly.com, Jenny Stadigs has a piece describing how "the wide availability of renewable energy has made Iceland an attractive location for data center operators, increasing demand for global network connections to the country."

The report notes that while "the abundance of cheap, environmentally friendly power in Iceland has not gone unnoticed by the data center community...neither has the shortage of high-quality network connections."

Stadigs goes on to describe how the UK-based data center development company Verne Global has worked hard to improve the network connections to its data center campus just west of Reykjavik in Iceland, including a recent collaboration with global communications provider Level 3 Communications.

When the company was founded in 2007, Iceland’s lack of connectivity to the rest of the world made building data centers there problematic, notes Tate Cantrell, CTO of Verne Global. “When we started, we had only one single connection – to the UK," he adds. "So we worked together with the Icelandic government to increase the connectivity.”

Verne Global's Icelandic campus is now connected to the rest of the world via several high-capacity, multi-terabit-per-second links. “We are a carrier-neutral data center, and the more carrier options there are in a data center, the more choices the customers get,” concludes Cantrell. “This also gives our customers price advantages.”

Full Story:How Verne Global tackled the Icelandic datacentre connectivity gap (ComputerWeekly.com)

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