International IT company Atos says it is building the world’s most eco-efficient data centre in Helsinki reports the European Union’s Economic Development & Investment magazine, Invest in EU.
Situated in the Suvilahti district of Helsinki, the Tier Three class data centre will use sea water for cooling. The heat produced by the new datacentre will provide heating for more than 2000 households, according to Atos.
Atos says the decision to locate in Helsinki was influenced by Finland’s pioneering role in cloud services and data centre technology, as well as the country’s stable society. Finland’s cool climate and easy availability of cooling water are also important factors that make it an attractive location for data centres.
With the construction of the new facility, Finland becomes one of the 13 global data centres used by Atos for providing cloud services.
— Suvilahti’s data centre services will be offered to Nordic clients but can also be used by central European companies, says Jan Kritz, who is responsible for outsourcing services at Atos. Construction at Suvilahti is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The centre is being built in cooperation with the Finnish company Academica, which won the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Award 2010 for its innovative and energy efficient data centre, also located in Helsinki.
The heat produced by the servers of the data centre is transmitted with a heat pump into the district heating system run by Helsingin Energia and is used for heating buildings and water in the city.
IT data centres account for about two per cent of the world’s total carbon emissions footprint, and this figure is rising rapidly, according to IT marketing analysts Pike Research.