CBR compiles a list of the top five locations where your data centre will survive anything.
Falun, a small city two hours away from Stockholm, Sweden, will be home to the latest Tier IV data centre in the world. The EcoDataCentre will also be the world’s first climate positive data centre and one of the safest.
The colo site will have an up-time of 100%, 1.15 of PUE and the 18MWs of energy are produced using the Sun, wind, water and bio fuels. The 23,250 sq mt of data centre space will spread across three buildings. The first phase is expected to be completed by 2016.
But why is Falun (or even Sweden as a whole) climbing higher in the charts?
Sweden has submarine cables to Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark. It connects to Europe satellite earth stations. There is one Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean), one Eutelsat, and one Inmarsat (Atlantic and Indian Ocean regions).
Earthquake are not a major threat. The latest occurrence was in September 2014, when a 4.1 on the Richer scale stroke after a 5.5 in 1904. Heat waves and other extreme weather are also very unlikely.
The cold air in the region is a plus.
Germany is a world hub for telecommunications and Frankfurt is a key global financial centre.
If one is looking to build a ‘rechenzentrum’ in Germany for connectivity Frankfurt is the most likely option.
The city is home to the DE-CIX, Germany’s internet exchange, via which most of the country’s traffic is exchanged. A lot of traffic from other neighbour nations is also routed in Frankurt.
Germany has a large amount of land and undersea cable solutions as well as earth stations in the Inmarsat, Intelsat, Eutelsat, and Intersputnik satellite systems.
Like London, earthquakes and other natural disasters are very rare but flooding is a source of concern. Construction should never be made near the Main River and its confluents.
Several big industry players have set bases or have plans to do so in Frankfurt. AWS, Equinix, Interxion, Global Switch are just some of them.
As for data privacy, Germany and Finland have agreed to build a submarine link between Helsinki and Germany’s main cities. The Nordic state wants to store sensitive personal and financial data from several companies to protect their privacy.
Dublin, and Ireland as a whole, tick many of the necessary boxes for data centre construction. The country offers special taxation to companies looking to set up a data centre and boost local economy.
The capital has attracted Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook, which all together are spending more than $2 billion over the next two years to expand and build new infrastructures.
The country is a landing point for the Hibernia-Atlantic submarine cable with links to the US, Canada, and the UK satellite earth station Intelsat.
The weather, even though similar to other countries in Northern Europe, has been one of the main reasons for companies to settle grounds in Dublin. The cool air coming from the Atlantic and the Arctic help to reduce costs when it comes to cooling.
Ireland also does not have a record of natural disasters. In fact, the biggest threats in the country in the last 1,000 years where famines and epidemics. Since the thirteenth century, there have also only been four major earthquakes, with the strongest occurring in July 19 1984. It measured 5.4 on the Richter scale but did not cause any damages in Ireland.
Dublin is registering a boom in data centres construction set to foster in the next coming years. The region counts with some of the largest data centres in the world. In 2009, Microsoft built a 500,000 sq ft unit in Clondalkin and in 2011 Amazon transformed an old Tesco warehouse into a 240,000 sq ft colo site in Walkinstown.