Verne Global Data Center Leverages Iceland for Power, Cooling

KEFLAVIK, ICELAND – Verne Global, which announced a cloud launch this week by client Datapipe and its client risk-modeling specialist RMS, is uniquely positioned from a geographical and business perspective. Its position close to the Arctic Circle in Iceland provides outside-air cooling year-round. Additionally the country’s power industry, which uses natural resources (hydro and geothermal) to produce electricity, have been able to agree to long term power contracts with Verne Global ensuring price stability for up to 20 years. Built on a decommissioned NATO base, the nondescript building is the home to highly-dense compute power and hundreds of terabytes of storage. This, in addition to connectivity to Europe and the United States, drew Datapipe and its client RMS to use the facility for its new risk-modeling cloud platform.

Below are photos of the Verne Global Data Center taken on a tour of the facility this week. Click on the photos for larger versions.

Tate Cantrell, CTO, Verne Global

Tate Cantrell, CTO, Verne Global, led the tour group through the data center facility. In the lobby, he pointed out that the facility, located outside the capitol of Reykjavik, uses nine layers of security and tightly adheres to security protocols. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

The exterior of the approximately 40,000 square foot facility. While Iceland has multiple volcanoes, that are still active, the Verne data center is located at a distance from such geological risks. Being built on a former NATO base, it is unlikely to be near volcanic activity and resulting ash. However, the air is monitored for particulates, just in case. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

The exterior of the approximately 40,000 square foot facility.Being built on a former NATO base, it is unlikely to be near volcanic activity and resulting ash. However, the air is monitored for particulates, just in case. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

While the facility uses power from two Icelandic power producers, and those grids are very stable and reliable, there are four generators on site, one for each data hall, and one back-up. There is also a substation on the property. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

The facility uses power from two Icelandic power producers, whose grids are very stable and reliable. But there are four generators on site, one for each data hall, and one back-up. The facility is a very green operation, considering the sources of power are hydro-electric and geothermal. The small carbon footprint of the facility is created by the diesel-operated back-up generator testing. According to Cantrell, they have 96 hours of fuel on site in case of an outage of the both electrical grids. There is also an electrical substation on the property. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Inside the facility, the dual power systems are color coded with yellow and blue. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Inside the facility, the dual power systems are color coded with yellow and blue. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

Power equipment room features compressed gas tanks for the fire suppression system, which uses Nitrogen and other gases already in the normal air mix to push oxygen out of the area on fire. In the event of a fire, the tanks would push the oxygen out of the data hall, thus putting out the fire, but giving staff enough time to leave the room if they are working in it at the time. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

The power equipment room features compressed gas tanks for the fire suppression system, which uses Nitrogen and other gases already in the normal air mix to push oxygen out of the area on fire. In the event of a fire, the tanks would push the oxygen out of the data hall, thus putting out the fire, but giving staff enough time to leave the room. (Photo by Colleen Miller.)

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