The Verne Global data center formally opened in Ásbrú in Reykjanesbær (the former US Naval Air Station), southwest Iceland, yesterday when acting Minister of Industry Oddný Harðardóttir, Mayor Árni Sigfússon and Verne Global chair Jeff Monroe cut the ribbon.
Ásbrú. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The data center’s first customer is the American company Datapipe which specializes in environmentally-friendly IT solutions. Other customers and partners will be announced soon, Morgunblaðið reports.
Verne Global is based in a 500-square meter space which was used by the US military for stores and other services. Verne Global acquired the property from KADECO four years ago. The first equipment was installed in October 2011.
The data center uses electricity from Landsvirkjun, the national power company, and the wind outside is strategically used for cooling the computer equipment.
Verne Global currently employs 15 people. The number of employees is expected to increase to 100 once the developments of the data center are completed in 2017.
The total cost is estimated at USD 700 million (ISK 85 billion, EUR 527 million).
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