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Issue 17, August/September



If you can’t fi nd a spare nuclear bunker for your storage you could consider an unused mine. This is what the team behind The Mountain Complex did.

The mine they chose in the Ozarks — mountains that cover much of the southern half of Missouri and part of Arkansas — may no longer hold gold but is the perfect location to offer gold-class protection from natural disasters.

“We are located inside a stable mine in a geographic area protected from natural disasters,” The Mountain Complex website says. “Being above ground level inside the mountain, we have far fewer concerns over moisture and weather than traditional ‘underground’ facilities.”

Overall it offers more than 1m sq ft of 34” high rock solid space at a constant 65 degree farenheight temperature, which means heating and cooling bills are always low.


It may not be built yet but Verne Global already has the power and cooling in place for its new data center, which sits right beside a geyser in ice-cold Iceland. For the team behind Verne, location will dictate the cost savings passed on to its customers.

Powered by geothermal and hydroelectric energy, it can handle up to 15 to 20kW per rack using free cooling 365 days a year. Everything, according to Verne Global, is zero emissions in this data center, which will be built to save 50,000 tonnes of CO2 a year — much of this ability stemmed from it choice of location.

It may not be close to any major cities, so this data center development is pushing for clients looking for an alternative to high build and power costs and carbon regulation in their own country. It won’t, of course, be offering services to high-frequency traders but says connections should be fast enough for most businesses, especially those looking for data storage.


Telecity has gone one step further than reducing carbon at its Condorcet data center in Paris, the winner of the Improved Data Center Effi ciency award at the European Datacentre Leaders’ Awards 2010. It has attached it to an arboretum. Its data center will be used by researchers at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research to predict the affect of greenhouse gases on France’s fauna over the next 50 years.

The Climate Change Arboretum consumes 2,500 tonnes of CO2 each year. Essentially it is a giant greenhouse and Telecity has used it to great effect to promote its green practices and new effi ciency policies. The data center also uses a white roof to mitigate solar gain and free cooling, reducing its overall energy consumption.

Telecity says it is one of the most energy effi cient data centers in Europe and says it hopes that through its new Energy Management Board it can take the lessons learned from Condorcet and expand its effi ciency measures to other new and existing facilties.


There should be no shortage of operators willing to travel to D-Alix Canary Islands — home of palm trees, sun and sand — to check out the facilities.

The Tenerife data center, however, is not pitched for its tourism credentials. Instead it has been carefully positioned to make use of connections between Southern Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Once it was the ships that relied on the winds for trade here, now it is the data centers. D-Alix sits alongside a large windfarm, from which it can draw power.

More than 20MW of photovoltaic panels also exist on top of the building itself – this will be increased to 400kW in future. Two more 18MW wind farms are also expected to be added to the farm in future. This will take the award winning data center’s Tier level up to IV. Not bad for an island paradise.

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