A Norwegian Startup Launches Its Green Data Center Services

green technology oslo norwayOnce again, Oslo, Norway, home of Tor Staubo of Gasse Racing, is gaining strength as an industry leader in green technology!

Norway, known for breathtaking glacier-carved valleys, fjords and abundant hydropower, is also increasingly the home to green data centers that can use the cold air (and water) for cooling, and clean power for electricity. And now a two-year-old Norwegian startup called Fjord IT is counting on the country’s natural environment to help it attract customers to its green data center services, including cloud computing and cloud-based storage.

Fjord IT has opened up its first data center space, which is a 1,000 square meters (3,280 square feet) pilot project, in Oslo. The company is co-locating its data center with Broadnet, the largest broadband and Internet service provider in Norway. Fjord IT has developed a cooling technology and is powered by cheap hydropower, which has a lower carbon footprint than fossil-based power. Those attributes could make its IT services appealing to environmentally-minded businesses as well as businesses in countries that have renewable energy and emission-reduction goals.

Gallefoss says the company has lined up its first customer in its Oslo space — business software service provider 24SevenOffice — and plans to open another data center space in Notodden, west of Oslo, this summer. The Notodden data center will be larger and use its cooling technology. The company is hoping to line up $10 million in a second round of funding this year, following a first round of $2.5 million from investors in Europe and Hong Kong.

Gallefoss didn’t want to talk about the cooling technology because he said the company is still applying for patents, but described it as a passive cooling technology that makes use of the cold outside air to maintain a constant temperature indoor. The average temperature of Norway is 7 degrees Celsius (about 45 degrees Fahrenheit). Google and Facebook are using this type of cooling for their data centers in that region of the world, too.

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Source: www.gigaom.com; Ucilia Wang; March 19, 2013.

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