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Research project in the area of waste heat

There is a regional data center project named
Green Power that will work to bring Northern Sweden on the map regarding research and innovation in green energy efficient data centers.

The project builds on the need to take care of waste heat from data centers. The goal is to develop a methodology to measure heat, humidity and airflow from datacenters and create computer models that can be used to design and evaluate greenhouse and energy transfer solutions and find a balance between waste heat and other energy sources for greenhouse operation in cold climates.

The project will contribute to new ideas and solutions in the field of data centers in a cold climate, combined with residual heat and work for long-term strategic international alliances.

Video: Data centers control

The world-wide operation of data centers is estimated to account to 2 percent of the global energy consumptions, a figure that has been steadily increasing in the past years, and is projected to continue with this trend.

Efficient, sustainable and cost effective operations of data centers are thus a real need. But how can automatic control contribute to satisfying these needs? The opportunities are actually multiple, especially when considering networks of datacenters. In this talk Damiano Varagnolo, researcher in Control Engineering at Luleå university of Technology, describes the role of automatic control in the management of data centers, and review the state of the practice, the state of the art, the challenges and the opportunities associated to their operation.

See the video here

Modular and energy-efficient data centers in wood

This new project will study how the design and integration of data centers can be done in an energy efficient way.

The project will develop a methodology for building energy efficient data centers of wooden modules. In particular, the modular walls impact on cooling and heat recovery are studied, as well as the impact on the data center's carbon footprint. Project manager is Mikael Risberg at LTU.

Read more here

Facebook Career talk at LTU

Next Thursday, Sep 8, at lunch, Dr. Goranka Bjedov, Capacity Engineer, Facebook HQ, USA will give a career talk at LTU in Aula Aurora, Campus Luleå.

No registration is needed. The first 50 people will receive a sandwich. Students are the intended target group, but anyone interested is of course welcome.

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Vinnova supports data center in Lulea

VINNOVA is funding a new big project at the new research data center in Lulea, SICS North Swedish ICT.

The project is to find ways to improve automation, monitoring and control of large data centers.The total cost of the project is 50.7 million SEK over three years. The main parties are Ericsson, ABB, KTH, Luleå University of Technology and SICS Swedish ICT. Other important partners are Arctos lab, BnearIT, Eitech, Metria, Netrounds and Swegon.

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Student visit at the Facebook Data Center

A number of students from the green IT program PERCCOM visited the Facebook data center in Luleå.

Facebook's Data center Manager in Europe, Joel Kjellgren was hosting the visit together with Helena Sundberg, Site Coordinator. The group of master students really enjoyed looking at the huge Facebook premises. LTU are looking forward to future cooperation with Facebook Luleå.

Waste heat from Data centers to be investigated

The Swedish Energy Agency has granted Luleå University financial support to the project Green Power, that will investigate the use of waste heat in data centers.

KnC's data center in Boden has been selected to see whether the waste heat can be used, to warm up, among other things, a prospective future greenhouse for the cultivation of mushrooms.

Read more here

Data Centers in North Sweden

Cloudberry has taken part in the development of a new regional data center brochure. Welcome to download it below.

Report from the Data center Test lab Workshop

The world's first open Hadoop based data center for research and innovation in the big data and cloud area, will open in Luleå in December.

The test lab, initiated by SICS North and LTU, is named SICS ICE, - Infrastructure and Cloud data center test Environment. The aim is that the data center will support all universities and industrial companies in Sweden with an experimental environment for research, demonstration of infrastructure products, cloud services and other aspects of data analysis.

Due to this, there was a workshop held at LTU with a brainstorming on prioritized measurement equipment, tools and infrastructure and what projects to do first in the facility.

To read the full report from the workshop, download the pdf below: 

Cloudberry at 7x24 Exchange conference

Come and meet Cloudberry at the 7x24 Exchange conference, taking place November 15-18, in San Antonio, USA.

7x24 Exchange is the leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, operate and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, 7x24 Exchange's goal is to improve end-to-end reliability by promoting dialogue among these groups. This conference is designed for anyone involved with 7x24 infrastructures - IT, data center, disaster recovery and network/telecommunication managers; computer technologists; facility or building managers, supervisors and engineers.

Read more about the conferene here.

Cloudberry organizes Data center event during ICT 2015

For those of you who plan to go to the ICT 2015 event in Lisbon; welcome to our session on Data centers.

The name of the session is "Data center Mega Trends". It will be held in Room 8, October 21th, during 14:50 to 15:35.

Read more here

Master students in Green IT visits data center

An introduction day took place in Luleå and Boden for a group of newly arrived master students from the green IT program PERCCOM.

Sumeet Thombre is one of the PERCCOM students that will study at LTU during the coming year and do his master thesis at Skellefteå campus.
Sumeet says: "I thought the introduction day was very well organised by Professor Karl Andersson. It had top notch arrangements and a good confluence of educational, social and cultural activities. We had very good technical sessions including our thesis structuring and a visit to Hydro66, close to Boden. At Hydro66 we saw their new data center and got a good understanding of their research and deployment techniques. Actually, I was already aware of the fact that Luleå and Boden had data centers before coming there, because I read a detailed article about data centers and Facebook in the SAS flight magazine while flying to Stockholm."

Baptiste Louis defends Master Thesis

Baptiste Louis, an Erasmus Mundus Master student that has studied at LTU in the area of Cloud, has defend his master thesis.

The thesis was done as a part of the PERCCOM program. PERCCOM stands for Pervasive Computing & COMmunications for sustainable development. It aims at combining advanced Information and Communication Technologies with environmental awareness to enable world-class education and unique competences for ICT professionals who can build cleaner, greener, more resource and energy efficient cyber-physical systems.

The name of Baptiste's thesis was CloudSimDisk: Energy-Aware Storage Simulation in Cloudsim.  The research question focused mainly on the study of energy efficient data storage. The presentation took place in Nancy, France, under the supervision of Christer Åhlund, Karan Mitra, Saguna Saguna as well as Karl Andersson, all from LTU. Baptiste has met with both Facebook and Fortlax IT and presented his results.

Workshop on Energy Efficiency for the Data Centre Industry

On June 9, there was a Cloudberry workshop on Energy Efficiency for the Data Centre Industry. The key speaker was the distinguished Professor Alex Huang from the North Carolina  State University, USA.

Professor Alex Huang held a presentation named Internet of Energy: Enabling Technologies. Other presentations included
a talk focusing on the power quality in data centers as well as of the modeling of data center power supply infrastructure. Other areas covered were the opportunities related to the district heating architecture and its optimization, the control of the HVAC systems, monitoring of power semiconductors as well as data centers as the new form of industry plant.

Report from the Data center & Cloud Days

Spread knowledge, raise the industry in the area of data center and cloud and to work more effectively towards greener data storage. That was the aim of the conference named "The data center and cloud Days" organized at Luleå University of Technology by Cloudberry and EIT ICT Labs.

More and more data are stored which in turn requires more energy. Finding ways to reduce energy consumption and thereby create a better life for both the environment and communications, are two major challenges for research and the industry, and two of the challenges that were addressed during the conference. During the conference at Luleå University of Technology, the approximately 80 participants got to listen to Frank Ketelaars from IBM, Azimeh Sefidcon, Ericsson, Andy Long, CEO of Boden's data center Hydro66 and Sam Cole, manager of the data center KNC Miner. The conference participants also got to visit a data center in Boden. The conference closed with a panel discussion which, among other things, discussed the issue of energy for data centers. "Hopefully, the energy tax should be the same throughout Europe. It would create a more fair competition", says Marie Nolin.

The opportunity for the industry to meet and interact is of great importance at a conference such as The data center and cloud days. Both to attract more data centers and innovative companies to the region and to bring about possible research collaborations. "The industry has a need for meeting places and one such is Cloudberry. There is also a need to raise and communicate important issues, such as how local businesses can become better providers of data center companies", says Marie Nolin. "Luleå University of Technology needs to expand its research in order to solve the challenges the industry is facing. But we also need to be in the forefront when it comes to education so that the region has skilled staff to put into this growing sector of the future.

Read more & see picture gallery here

The TV channel Arte's segment about the DC industry in North Sweden

A film team from the TV channel Arte was in Skellefteå and Luleå to film the region and the growing data center industry.

The film was shown May 2 all across Europe. See the segment here (in german): 

Two new Cloudberry partners

Cloudberry is happy to annonce two new Cloudberry partners; Coromatic and Desigtech Solutions.

Coromatic are experts in IT security, safeguarding the physical IT environment and their clients’ business continuity – in the datacentre as well as in the whole facility. As a total solution provider, Coromatic offers everything from analyses and counselling to planning, implementation and service. Coromatic are trusted by more than 500 of the largest companies and organizations in Sweden and has more than 75 completed datacentre projects a year in the Nordic region.

Desigtech Solutions deliver web-based solutions for effective and secure information handling for companies, organizations and governmental institutions in the global market.

Big data workshop with IBM

On February 4, there was a big data workshop between Cloudberry and IBM.

The day started by IBM presenting their Big Data work. Thereafter, the gathered group consisting of both LTU researchers and regional business identified three big data use cases, followed by a division into sub groups that  worked out the use cases in more detail.  Thereafter, the groups shared results in a joint group discussion and talked about next steps and what needs to be done looking forward.

LTU Researcher Awarded Prize

On January 8, Norrbottens Forskningsråd assigned the NoFo's young researcher prize. One of the two recipients is Damiano Varagnolo, Assistant Professor at LTU, division of Signals and Systems, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.

Damiano participated with the proposal "Distributed Optimization and Estimation for Synergic Automatic Control". The project aims at exploring how to implement and improve load following and load shifting concepts with data centers. Load following is the concept of variating the electrical power production to meet the temporal variability of the electrical demands. Load shifting is instead the concept of diminishing the electrical power demands variability by moving loads requests in time. Data centers may perform both these two tasks by exploiting their thermal inertia, i.e., by shifting in time their electrical power demands for cooling activities, in coordination with the local transmission system operators.
The winning project, running for 3 years, aims at developing algorithms for forecasting cooling needs for datacenters, and algorithms for coordinate networks of data centers and local transmission system operators so that the formers can perform both load following and load shifting operations.

Meeting with Site Selection Manager

January 20, Cloudberry took part in a meeting in Bygdsiljum at Martinsons Trä, with site selection manager Kevin Slover.

Kevin works as an independent consultant regarding site selection and infrastructure analysis for the global data centre market. He has previously worked as site selection manager at Microsoft.

During the meeting, Kevin gave an outlook on what's happening in the data center industry and what he thinks the future customers will demand. The meeting enabled both municipalities and the regional industry to get feedback regarding the northern Sweden data center offering and an opportunity to ask questions to better understand how data center establishers and customer looks at different solutions.

Some of the trends and issues that were brought up during the day was subjects like:

  • Renewable Energy that preferably should be close to the source
  • Land that in many cases should be a large rectangle or square with possible expansion (40 ha plus)
  • Power with diverse supply to eliminate generators (as Facebook's Luleå design)
  • Time-to-market as a critical competitive advantage
  • Data sovereignty which could be a political fad or the new normal, where the outcome impacts mega-site projects
  • Warm is the new cold when server intake temperatures are increasing

The meeting was arranged by Skellefteå municipality and Business Sweden.

Building Data centers in wood

On the picture, from the left:
Anja Palm from Skellefteå Municipality, Greger Lindgren from Martinsons Byggsystem, Karin Sandberg from SP Hållbar Samhällsbyggnad, Dick Sandberg from LTU, Karl Andersson from LTU & Cloudberry, Mats Ekevad from LTU, Thomas Lundmark from LTU & TCN, Helena Markgren from Thyréns, Harriet Wistemar from Skellefteå Municipality and Stig Axelsson from Martinsons Byggsystem.

On January 13, a Cloudberry workshop was held at LTU, campus Skellefteå, regarding the possibilites of building data centers in wood. At the meeting, representatives from Skellefteå Municipality, wood researchers from LTU as well as regional companies, gathered to generate ideas and discuss opportunities and future possible ways forward.

Report from the pilot workshop

On Wednesday December 17, where was a Cloudberry pilot workshop at LTU in Luleå. During the workshop, Mikael Sundström, Ph D and Chief Executive Officer at Oricane presented the work within the pilot "Big Data Router for Real-Time Analytics".

Analysis of Battlefield 3
The pilot started with real-time analytics of the game "Battlefield 3". While the game has over 20 million players worldwide, and while there is a lack of interesting analysis, this served as a good big data real-time analytics harvesting ground. The question that was analysed was: what percent of players have each assault rifle as favorite assault rifle? The conclusion was that players have a preference for weapons used by their country’s armed forces.
Moreover, other conclusions were that here was sufficient reporting speed to handle high velocity data flows and fast enough speed to perform analysis in real-time on-the-fly.

Analysis of an Internet store
The next case was an analysis of a multi tera dollar retail corporation named "Whatever Mart" where, during peak hours, 2.300 customers purchase 45.000 products per second thus surpassing 500.000 USD per second net sales. This case was also successful and the pilot has since start handled almost 1000 billion transactions. Analysis and reports are performed in real-time and five different analyses are performed every ten seconds and reports are presented on a dashboard and updated in real-time. This can be, for example, analysis regarding which color of a specific piece of clothes or car brand that are the most popular in a specific country.

Tree structure
The analysis in real-time was done by using a tree structure method, seen in the picture to the right. The breakdown of this implicit tree structure was built bottom-up from the sorted array. Each handle contained a reference to the record and a slave key. The slave key was a representation of a path where field values from higher levels were stored in more significant bits and array of handles sorted by increasing slave keys.

Application areas
Key application areas is foreseen to be mainly in the areas of gaming and in the energy sector. Here, Oricane wants to address energy production and trading and embedded applications. Oricane is now looking for a fast paced key partners with lots of data to process.

For more technical information regarding the pilot, download the pdf below.

En liten rubrik.

Hydro66 & RISE SICS North
winners of Datacenter Dynamics Awards

The Data Center Eco-Sustainability Award
Winner: Hydro66

Hydro66 is led and financed by Internet industry veteran David Rowe, founder and CEO of Easynet. Its first data centre is located in the leading cloud and data center cluster in the Nordics and is powered using locally generated clean green hydropower

Best Data Center Initiative of the Year
Winner: RISE SICS North AB

RISE SICS is a leading research institute for applied information and communication technology in Sweden, founded in 1985. Its new ICE research data center supports universities and industrial companies with an experimental environment for cloud and infrastructure technology.

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Facebook has created 240 new jobs
in Luleå

Luleå Facebook's establishment of data centers in Luleå has led to several positive effects for the regional business community, according to a new evaluation from the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (Tillväxtverket).

According to the assessment of regional policy impacts, the establishment has led to approximately 240 new jobs in the region and additional jobs every three years in connection with new installations and other updates.

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Read the full report here:

Waste heat from data centers can heat greenhouses

Surplus heat from data centers is often used badly. This is something that a research project wants to change.

An increasing number of data halls are placed in Sweden thanks to our cold climate and our stable electricity supplies. In some cities, surplus heat is used from the data halls to the district heating system, but it is not possible everywhere.
Therefor, a research project has studied how surplus energy can be used to heat a nearby greenhouse.

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New 35MW cryptocurrency mine

The Future of Mining, a company owned by a group of investors from Florida, is planning to build a 35MW cryptocurrency mine in the north of Sweden.

The first phase of the project will be consuming 5MW of power, and is expected to commence operations next month. The company also envisions a business accelerator that would take advantage of the talent in the nearby Boden-Älvsbyn HPC cluster.

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Google acquires property in Avesta municipality

Google confirms property acquisition of 109 hectares in Horndal, Avesta Municipality.

Google currently have no plans to develop this site but want to ensure that they have options to continue to expand their data center presence in Europe if their business demands it.

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Boden sells land to data center

The municipality of Bodens has decided to sell the land next to the former helicopter hangars to Guaroo Iceland Sweden.

It is a 10-hectare area sold for SEK 10 million. The company will build one or more industrial buildings on the site and it can create more than 50 jobs in Boden.

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New data center to the HPC cluster

U.S. Blockchain company The Future of Mining launches data center and business accelerator in Boden-Älvsbyn.

The Miami based Blockchain and High Performance Computing (HPC) company The Future Of Mining is setting up data center operations in Sweden. The deal includes a 1,500m2 brownfield data center facility as well as a large adjacent office facility. The plan is to also start a dedicated business accelerator – all located in the HPC cluster Boden-Älvsbyn the north of Sweden. The first 5 MW of capacity will be up and running already during November, with another 30 MW to follow over the coming 18 months.

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The Swedish data center industry is booming

The Swedish data center industry is booming and continues to grow by 14 percent per year.

It is valued at 52 bn SEK by 2025 - shaping a new major industry according to The Boston Consulting Group. 5 MW datacenter to be built by Multigrid - The World's Most Connected Data Centers in Kista Science City, heating over 4000 households.

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Jokkmokk's new data center
is being launched

The Luxembourg-based company Etix Everywhere and Swedish Arctic Sites are launching a data center to open in Porjus Industrial House.

This will be a top-notch, high-quality facility that, together with 100 percent renewable energy and multiple fiber redundancy, will make the data center one of Sweden's most powerful colocation facilities. In the data center in Jokkmokk, customers are offered to place their own servers in the hall or a lease solution.

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Rapid growth for Hydro66

Hydro66 are to build four new data halls, expanding their datacenter in Sweden up to 11.6 MW.

By the end of Q1, 2018, Hydro66 will make available 4 new data halls totaling 2000 square meters – 8 MW and 800 rack spaces - of IT space for enterprise, cloud providers and system integrators, 50% of which will be ready for client use in Q4 2017.

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Amazon to build sites in Sweden

Amazon Web Services, the world’s largest provider of cloud services and part of the American online pioneer Amazon, will make its next big investment in Sweden.

The investment will make Sweden and the Stockholm region the hub of their initiative in Northern Europe. Amazon Web Services aims to get three data centers up and running by 2018. The sites will be built in Västerås, Eskilstuna and Katrineholm. 

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How Sweden plans to be Europe’s data centre powerhouse

Tax cuts have reduced the total cost of electricity used by data centres in Sweden by approximately 40%, resulting in one of the lowest cost of power in Europe.

This associated with a cool climate has made Sweden a hot-spot for data centre investment. Data Economy talks to Patrik Öhlund, CEO at The Node Pole and Tomas Sokolnicki, senior investment advisor at Data Centers by Sweden,
to find out more.

See video here

Reduced energy tax on electricity for smaller data centers

The government proposes an exanded tax reduction of electricity consumption in datacenters.
The requirement of the plant's total installed power is reduced to 0.1 megawatts.

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Chinese blockchain, HPC giant to open data centre in Boden

Beijing-based Canaan Creative has announced it will open its first data centre outside China in Boden.
Canaan is a global provider of blockchain servers and also designs ASIC microprocessor solutions. The data centre will also be the first built in Europe by a company of this kind.
The first phase of the data centre will see an initial IT power load of 10MW, with servers to be switched on before the end of February. Electricity company Vattenfall has been tasked with supplying the energy for the data centre.

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The Node Pole has a new CEO

The Node Pole has appointed Patrik Öhlund as its new CEO.

Before joining The Node Pole, Öhlund served as finance director for hydro power at Vattenfall. The Node Pole will keep driving the transformation forward, not only with web scalers but also with retail and wholesale colocation players.

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SME support for the development of
products and services

The datacenter project named "FUI" provides an opportunity for small and medium-sized enterprises, with operations in Norrbotten and Västerbotten, to gain support for the development of products and services in the field of green resource-efficient data centers and clouds.

The purpose of the project is to promote the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises, in collaboration with universities, institutes and technical data center test environment. The project runs until the end of 2018.

Read more here

New #ClickClean report

Since 2010 Greenpeace has been calling on major internet companies to power their data centres on renewable energy.

Apple retains its leadership spot for the third year in a row among platform operators. Both Apple and Google continue to lead the sector in matching their growth with an equivalent or larger supply of renewable energy, and both companies continue to use their influence to push governments as well as their utility and IT sector vendors to increase access to renewable energy for their operations.

Read more here

LTU and Operations in the area of Data Centers and Cloud

Now you can read more about what is done at Luleå university of Technology and in the region within the data center and cloud area in terms of research, education, collaboration and experimental environments.

There is also information about who to contact if you have questions or if you want to participate and contribute.

Read more here

Google set to open Swedish data centre

A large industrial site is currently being planned for Horndal, located in the Avesta Municipality.

On this site, a new 100MW high voltage (HV) line is being planned by provider Vattenfall and a large data centre campus, belonging to an international web player, has also been confirmed by Swedish media.

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Lowered tax rates for data centers

The Swedish government has greatly reduced electricity tax for data centers.

From today's tax rate of between 19.4 and 29.4 cents (SEK) per kilowatt hour, depending on where the data center is, down to 0.005 SEK or USD 0.00054 per kWh. This 97% tax cut will come into effect by January 1st, 2017 and will be applicable to both existing and new data centers exceeding 0.5 MW capacity.

Read more here

Large energy companies to acquire
The Node Pole

Two of Sweden’s largest energy companies, Vattenfall and Skellefteå Kraft, announce their intentions of acquiring The Node Pole.

With the new backers onboard, The Node Pole plan is to expand geographically, to widen the offering to include also other energy intensive industry investments – and to scale The Node Pole’s market offering accordingly.
The acquisition deal correlates with an expected tax reduction for data center energy provision in Sweden, lowering data center taxes to the same levels as other energy intensive industries. These lowered tax rates are expected to pass in the Swedish Government budget due through congress in early December of this year. 

Read more here

Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook post about the Luleå Datacenter

Mark Zuckerberg has written about their Luleå Datacenter in a Facebook post.

He writes: The small town of Luleå is less than 70 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and it's typically pretty cold. The temperature in the area is below 50 degrees most days, so we use large fans to pull in the outside air to naturally cool the thousands of warm servers that line the center’s broad hallways. A dozen hydro-electric plants operate on nearby rivers, providing a reliable and renewable power source. The whole system is 10% more efficient and uses almost 40% less power than traditional data centers. Inside, the main building is the size of six football fields. Nearly all the technology in the facility, from the servers to the power distribution systems, is based on Open Compute Project designs as well.

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Energy efficient cooling of data centers

As the cooling of a data center accounts for a significant part of its total energy consumption, two researchers at Luleå University of Technology want to develop more energy-efficient and thus environmentally friendly ways of cooling these systems.

– We aim to find strategies that automatically regulate the cooling of the servers in a data center so that we do not cool the servers unnecessarily, says Damiano Varagnolo, researcher in Control Engineering at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering.

Read more here

Facebook's Swedish giant investment

Facebook has invested billions into the Swedish company Pinnacle.

According to the recent annual report that Facebook's Swedish subsidiary, Pinnacle recently submitted, it is at least 2.9 billion Swedish crowns - only in 2015. In 2015 the company continued the construction of the second data center and facility building in Luleå. This is a significant cost for the company as it is not scheduled for completion until 2016.

Read more here

Quadrupled data center industry
within ten years

In less than ten years, Sweden has a unique opportunity to build a new industry for data centers.

This can create an economic value of 50 billion SEK a year and employ 30,000 people, according to a report from The Boston Consulting Group.

Read more here

Read the report here

Fortlax Data center announces
BMW Group as new client

The BMW Group has selected the high security data center Fortlax to host so called High Performance Computing clusters (HPC) from Sweden.

HPC clusters are used for demanding computing simulations and Big Data analysis, e.g. when designing new cars or when setting up common cloud computing platforms for large companies. Fortlax’s high security data center is run on 100% renewable hydro energy.

Read more here

New methods for more efficient
data center

Mina Sedaghat at Umeå University has in her thesis developed methods and algorithms to manage and schedule the resources of large data centers cheaper, more efficient, more reliable, and with less environmental impact.

Mina Sedaghat's thesis work has been carried out in cooperation with GoogleInc., Department of Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at Umeå University and the Department of Communication Network at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

See a TV clip about this here
Read more here

Read the report here

Drones and lasers to deliver the Internet to everyone

On September 24, Jay Parikh, VP Global Engineering and infrastructure at Facebook, visited LTU.

As vice president of Global Engineering and infrastructure, Jay Parikh is responsible for Facebook's innovation and infrastructure globally. It is the infrastructure, which today makes it possible to connect nearly 1.5 billion people in the world, and share images, experiences and events with each other. But he is also responsible for developing the infrastructure that does not yet exist, but which is necessary to connect the next billion people and to ensure that more people have the opportunity to use the knowledge available on the Internet. This includes, among other things, Facebook's development of lasers and drones, which together will reduce the cost of data communication to a level where even people in the poorest countries are able to connect to Internet.

To see the entire lecture, click here:

Link to LTU article

Picture: LTU

Digital Infrastructure report

To benefit even more from the Netherland's strong position in Digital Infrastructure and raise economic growth, a Deloitte report has made the following six recommendations:

1. Support investments and developments in the Digital Infrastructure sector. Barriers for investments and additional
national or European legislation have a negative impact on economic growth as the sector is a driver for the international
internet economy and the digital society.

2. Create incentive measures for the online ecosystem as a whole. Do not only look at the core Digital Infrastructure
sector, but also to the down- and upstream sectors as they
strengthen each other.

3. In particular, stimulate innovations that depend on the Dutch Digital Infrastructure. Chances for growth can be found in E-commerce, online services and by stimulating cloud innovations by Dutch firms.

4. Stimulate the choice of NL as a host nation for multinationals who offer digital services. In the wake of stiff
international competition and growing importance of
Digital Infrastructure for business operations, attracting
foreign firms who are heavy users of our digital facilities can contribute significantly to the growth of the Dutch online ecosystem.

5. Form regulatory frameworks which focuses on the broader picture. The size and growth of the Digital Infrastructure
and the Internet economy justifies its own frameworks,
avoiding unnecessary legislation.

6. Align education to ensure a workforce that meets the needs of the digital economy. The rate of change and growth of the digital economy and the impact on our society requires a proactive approach to teach digital skills in all aspects parts of the educational system.

Read the full report here

Report about Finland's DC opportunity

Google purchased an abandoned 60-year old paper mill in Eastern Finland in March, 2009, and so far has invested EUR 800 million transforming it into one of the world’s most modern data centers.

This represents Finland’s largest ever greenfield foreign investment. Finland is attracting other big data center investments as well. A total of five investments already have been announced, including marquee names such as Microsoft and Yandex.

This report is designed to illustrate the Finland’s still little understood giant data center opportunity. In order to reap the full upside, the country will need to engage in a heightened discussion about how to preserve and market its present advantages, mobilize its impressive innovation and education systems to build an effective data center ecosystem and mini- mize the risk that legislation in Finland and in the European Union would deter further data center investments.

For more information, download the report below, prepared by Oxford Research and commissioned by Google.

Take a tour in the Luleå Facebook DC

Learn more about Facebook's Data Center in Luleå,
one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.

All the equipment inside is powered by 100% renewable energy with locally generated hydro-electric energy. Nearly all the technology in the facility, from the servers to the power distribution systems, is based on Open Compute Project designs.

Check out the Facebook video here

Job generation & data centers

Does the data center inustry generate many jobs?
Well, the biggest need for labor is during the construction process. Once completed, data centers don't require giant staffing. Today, around 100 people work in Facebook's first hallway.

Accourding to a report commissioned by Facebook, the establishment of the company in Luleå would generate 9 billion SEK and 4,500 full-time jobs over a ten year period. In another report, commissioned by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, the result is around half of those numbers.

"I think the truth lies somewhere in between the two reports", says Tor Björn Minde, Adjunct Professor at Luleå University of Technology. "There are those who are critical regarding the fact that data centers generates so few jobs, compared to, for example, the steel industry." "However, then I say, find another profitable industry that can create as many jobs as data centers then. Let's use the energy we have to create growth instead of selling it to Germany"  says Tor Björn Minde.

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A report of the effects of Facebook's establishment

This report is an attempt to describe the factors, events and people that contributed to the 
decision that Facebook built its first mega data center outside the US - in Sweden and in the environment around Luleå Science Park.

Read the report (in Swedish)