The largest and most energy-efficient data centre in the region was opened in Estonia. The opening of the building complex will multiply the data hosting export potential of the region. The building that cost nearly 40 million euros is the first of the three buildings to be built in the same area, all of which will contribute to the development of the Baltics’ e-commerce and digital societies.
A whole new sector for Estonia
'We are opening a whole new sector for Estonia - our neighbors in the Nordic countries have been doing this for a long time, using their renewable energy, engineering skills, and climatic conditions,' said Üllar Jaaksoo, the founder of Greenergy Data Center. Up until now, there was no such high-level digital infrastructure in Estonia, and the new data centre will remarkably increase the competitiveness of the companies in this area. It will also create favourable conditions for foreign companies to offer their services on the Estonian or Baltic market.
Five years from inception to opening
The Greenergy Data Centre was first announced in 2015 and took more than five years to get from its inception to opening. ‘The complex opened today conforms to all of the highest international security standards and aims at 25% higher energy efficiency than the market’s average,’ said the author of the idea to create the data centre, Kert Evert. ‘Technologically speaking, we are at the absolute top of the world.’ The first building spans 14,500 square metres and has a planned capacity of 31.5 MW.
Sellfimproving efficiency using AI
German based company Siemens delivered the solution for the electrification in the medium and low voltage with busbars to ensure reliable and safe power supply. In addition, the company has delivered a modern energy management solution. An integrated, large-scale and modular system suite optimizes energy use based on artificial intelligence, ensures the right conditions for servers, secures and monitors electricity distribution such as operation, quality and reliability and increases efficiency throughout the lifecycle, and minimizes the environmental impact of the data center.
Since the data centre must be prepared for the unexpected and always function, every important support system of the complex is duplicated. In some places, back-up systems have their own back-up systems. For example, there will be as many as eight fibre optic connection cables entering the territory, and they will reach the building from four different sides.
Security fences, roadblocks, rotating cameras with motion and heat sensors take care of the data centre’s security, and the entire complex is covered by a 360-camera surveillance system. Only those who are authorised will have access to the data centre, which will be, among other things, ensured by biometric identification.
See also Greenergy Data Centers' Ülaar Jaaksoo presentation: Data Embassy as a Service: Trusted Connectivity on a strategic level.