atNorth has announced that their third Iceland data center, ICE03, is now fully operational with an initial capacity of 10 MW, following a swift 11 month build. This brings their total number of operational data centers up to six, with one additional site, FIN02, in Finland under construction.
The new site at Akreyri, the largest town outside Iceland's Capital Region, is a milestone in the company’s overarching goal to scale ahead of increasing demand for high-performance computing requirements at a time when cost-efficient sustainable infrastructure is in more demand than ever.
The site is located in a highly strategic position. Iceland as a whole is ranked in the top ten markets for Data Center location and atNorth’s Iceland entry recently won the ‘Location’ category at the Tech Capital Global Awards which aims to recognize a geography for its attractiveness and investor friendly climate when dealing with digital infrastructure investors. This is an ideal location for data centers, largely due to its access to a highly skilled workforce and cool climate, which is crucial for cost-effective cooling of data center infrastructure. The country also has an energy supply run on a closed gridpowered by 100% renewable hydro and geothermal energy sources. Iceland also benefits from fully redundant connectivity and now boasts multiple undersea fiber optic cables connecting the country to the UK, Ireland, North America, and mainland Scandinavia.
The ICE03 site offers expansions possibilities of up to 50MW and is located 250 km north of Reykjavík, where other data centers are predominantly located. This geographical separation offers a compelling advantage in terms of disaster recovery and enhanced security. By diversifying the location of its data centers, atNorth wants to ensure the highest level of data protection and business continuity for its clients. Additionally, the town of Akureyri is a thriving technology hub and the new center will offer job opportunities to an already highly skilled workforce. Akureyri offers many benefits to businesses looking to house their data in an affordable and sustainable way. ICE03’s is only 10 minutes from an international airport.
“We are delighted to be expanding our presence in the Nordics once again with a third site in Iceland” said Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson, CEO, atNorth. “With six operational sites across three Nordic countries and another in development, our commitment to meet increasing demand in the industry through continued expansion is evidenced. Furthermore, our dedication to sustainable best practice supports our goal to become the service provider of choice for eco-friendly high performance infrastructure.