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Case study: How Advania maintains a low PUE in its Icelandic datacentre
This article is part of the CWEurope issue of April 2013
When Advania Data Centres wanted to build an environmentally-friendly and cost-effective IT facility, it selected Iceland as a location, both for the country's ambient cool temperature and its geothermal energy. Today, Advania’s Icelandic datacentre has a PUE of 1.16, which most European organisations can only dream of. Nordic IT services company Advania got into the datacentre business when it acquired Thor Data Center in Reykjavík. Since the acquisition in 2011, Advania has been running and managing the Thor datacentre. The datacentre site currently contains two modular datacentre containers, but has room to accommodate four more containers. Unlike traditional datacentres, which come with their own array of complexities, customisations and considerations, a modular datacentre is a pre-configured datacentre-in-a-box that can be transported and set up anywhere in the world where there are cooling facilities and a connectivity network. With Visa and Opera Software as its biggest public clients, more than 44 million users go ...
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Advania's Thor datacentre near Reykjavik uses Iceland's natural energy resources and free air cooling to maintain a low PUE