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Cisco may establish a server farm in Iceland

Representatives from Reykjavík Energy Company (OR) and the US network company Cisco have decided to investigate the possibility of establishing a server farm in Iceland run by environmentally friendly energy.

That was the conclusion of a recent meeting between the CEO of OR, Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarsson, and the representatives of Cisco in California. Morgunbladid reports.

“Cisco has ambitious goals on environmental issues. The company’s server farms in the UK are driven by environmentally friendly energy sources by 100 percent. That proportion is 20 percent by the company’s server farms in the US,” Thórdarson said.

“The company participates in projects through which it is obligated to set the goal higher on these issues,” Thórdarson explained.

Thórdarson said the meeting had been held to introduce to the representatives of Cisco what OR had to offer and to investigate whether the two companies could cooperate.

Cisco pointed out that distances could be a problem, but Thórdarson believed that challenge could be solved.

Thórdarson explained that running a server farm required a lot of energy, so a prerequisite for cooperation would be OR providing enough renewable energy for a reasonable price.

According to Thórdarsson, geothermal power and hydroelectric power is more reliable than solar energy and wind energy. But harnessing hydroelectric power could be problematic, Thórdarson said.

Iceland is a world leader in harnessing geothermal power, Thórdarson stated. “Our current position is very good and it is important for us to exploit the opportunities in this field.”

Click here to read about Microsoft’s interest in server farms in Iceland.

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