Stockholm, Sweden – March 10, 2022 – atNorth, a leading high-performance colocation provider, has announced the launch of its new data centre in Kista, a leading ICT cluster in Stockholm, Sweden. It is the first data centre in Sweden specifically designed for high density workloads, such as advanced calculations for AI, simulations, and risk analysis.
In response to increased demand for next generation High Performance Computing (HPC) data centres, this site is the first establishment of this scale in the Stockholm region to be designed specifically for computationally heavy HPC workloads.
“For a country like Sweden and a city like Stockholm, which is at the forefront of digitalisation, data centres are an important part of the business ecosystem. Data centres are necessary whenever we use digital services, mobile apps or conduct digital meetings. We are pleased with atNorth’s choice to establish itself in Stockholm, as we actively work to show hospitality to innovative companies that create value for the region,” explained the Mayor of Stockholm, Anna König Jerlmyr.
The Stockholm location positions atNorth even closer to its customers, enabling the company to help deliver not just more computing power but also services and efficiencies at speed and scale for its customers. It has been built from the ground up to be scalable and flexible to cater to evolving market changes and customer needs. With sustainability at the heart of atNorth’s operations, the centre has also been designed to operate with the lowest carbon footprint possible.
“Data-driven businesses require a new type of data centre. We will be the first colocation player in the Nordics to build a facility fully equipped for high-capacity services from the start. The choice of Stockholm and surrounding Sweden is strategic, with its access to renewable energy, great connectivity and an infrastructure that allows us to deliver our services with high precision to customers both in and outside the Nordic region. We are very pleased to open the gates in Kista today,” said Stefan Jofors-aTribe, who leads atNorth’s establishment in Sweden as the Nordic Sales Director.
The launch of the new site is the first step in atNorth’s expansion in Sweden. Upon completion, atNorth’s Stockholm data centre will span a total of 6,400sqm with the IT capacity of more than 11mW. Due to high demand, the next phase of the buildout that will add about 4,8mW of IT capacity, which will bring the overall capacity to over 6mW is already underway with expected deployment in the autumn of 2022.
atNorth’s new data centre campus meets all current security and energy efficiency requirements and more. The new data halls are built to handle high performance computing workloads, requiring high power density, and cooling requirements. The first data hall is completed with a capacity of 1.5mW. With up to 40 kw per rack capacity for air-cooled IT equipment, high performance is combined with cost efficiency. The service offering is tailored to include the most cost-effective solution based on volume and computing power needs.
The new data centre uses efficient heat recovery for both air cooled and liquid cooled IT infrastructures. All the residual heat from the data centre is recycled in collaboration with Stockholm Exergi, whose district heating plant is in proximity, where the excess heat generated from the new data centre could heat up to 20,000 apartments. The new site operates on 100% renewable energy making it extremely energy efficient. This directly aligns to atNorth’s continued commitment to sustainability and overarching contribution to circular economy principles in the data centre industry.
From 2009 atNorth has innovated in the data centre technology space with their design, construction, and operation of world class data centre facilities in Iceland and in Sweden. atNorth services leading organisations in diverse industries, enabling them to transform the world’s most demanding data into important business decisions, without compromising speed, performance, or the climate. Through the strategic location of atNorth’s data centre facilities in the Nordic region, combined with a high-performance infrastructure, the most efficient and cost-optimised solution to calculate, simulate, train and visualise data can be achieved, regardless of workload. All the company’s services are architected to provide circular economy principles for the data centre industry where renewable energy combined with unparalleled energy efficiency are fundamental principles. For more information, visit atNorth.com or follow atNorth on LinkedIn.
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