It’s been a busy time for the data center industry in Sweden, as Ericsson plans for three high tech global ICT centers, with two in Sweden, and DigiPlex reveals plans for a wholesale data center development in Stockhold.
Swedish global networking giant Ericsson (ERIC) announced plans to invest approximately SEK 7 billion (~$1.05 billion) in the next five years to build three global ICT centers. The high tech, sustainable ICT centers will support research and development and services organizations for Ericsson, and will be located in Stockholm and Linköping, with a third in Montreal, Canada. The centers will be located close to Ericsson’s main R&D hubs and will be the new platform for more than 24,000 Ericsson R&D engineers around the world.
“The new ICT Centers are examples of Ericsson’s passion for driving the development of the industry,” said Hans Vestberg, President and CEO at Ericsson. “Great ideas come from collaboration, and at these centers we will push the boundaries of possibility on next generation technology and services. Flexibility enabled by new ways of working will realize innovation faster to the market and to our customers.”
The global ICT center will be modular and scalable, and make efficient use of resources and space, being adaptable to business needs. Ericsson estimates that the combination of architecture, design and locations will reduce energy consumption up to 40 percent. The two ICT Centers in Sweden will begin initial operations from end of 2013 and from end of 2014 respectively and the North American ICT Center from early 2015.
DigiPlex expands in Stockholm
DigiPlex announced that it has purchased a 10 acre site that previously housed a former factory building outside of Stockholm. The building is 12,785 square meters, and there is planning approval for further development within the site. The three story building will provide for over 6,000 square meters of data center space. It will house conditioned modules at ground and third floor levels, have air to air cooling, and infrastructure service areas. It will also contain office space and disaster recovery areas.