Iceland’s Asbru Enterprise Park is planning to host data center services for both Icelandic and international customers looking to use the country’s ample renewable energy sources.
A contract for the construction of a 44-acre data center campus at the Asbru Enterprise Park has recently been signed between Verne Holdings, the partnering group of wholesale data developer Verne Global, and the Wellcome Trust in order to create a powerful solution for customers looking to go green without paying higher rates.
CEO of Verne Global commented, “What makes Verne Global unique is that it is able to offer its customers a cost effective, yet truly green solution to their data center needs by providing the benefits of Iceland’s 100 percent free cooling, renewable energy resources and predictable forecasting of energy pricing.”
Verne Global is also in discussion with the Icelandic project Greenqloud about data center construction. Eirikur Hrafnsson, CEO of Greenqloud, says that there has been a recent “gold rush” as a result of the devaluation of the Icelandic Krona, the IT history of the country and the emission-free power grid . The idea behind Greenqloud is to rent out spaces within data centers located in Iceland, then to sell cloud computing services to web companies and individuals across the world.
However, what makes this project unique is that it embraces the use of clean power and manages company carbon footprint levels. The cloud computing services include virtual server hosting, data storage, scientific data processing and software as a service infrastructure. The Greenqloud project is set to launch a small-scale beta service by the fourth quarter of 2010. After that, Greenqloud wants to launch on a much larger, public scale in 2011.