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Hydro66 to build new wholesale data centre in The Node Pole region

May 13th, 2014   Press release


Green and cost-effective hosting, adjacent to Facebook and KnC Miner, in the Arctic region of Sweden

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Hydro66, a London UK company, today announces that it has made a significant investment in Boden, located in The Node Pole region, close to the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden, with the unveiling of a specialist data centre facility. The new data centre will be operational from 14 May 2014.

The new Boden facility harnesses abundant renewable power from the Luleå Älv River.

  • The new data centre is situated next to the Luleå Älv and the 4,200 MW of green hydropower that the river generates (twice that generated by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, USA).
  • The facility is fed directly by the 78 MW Boden hydropower station, located less than 500m away.
  • Power is delivered with both minimal impact on the environment and extreme stability – the regional power grid has delivered 100% uptime since 1979.

Exceptionally low ambient temperatures in the region also result in free air cooling for 360 days per year. This, along with the fact that northern Sweden enjoys some of the lowest electricity prices in Europe, enables the new data centre to offer significant cost and operational advantages when compared to other existing data centres, typically located in high-cost urban population centres.

Hydro66 will wholesale its facilities for cloud-based services and storage at a very cost-effective price point. Hydro66 already has anchor customers, including a specialist virtual currency miner, that have exceptionally high-power density and resilience requirements.

The Node Pole region also plays host to large-scale owner-operated data centres including Facebook’s two Mega Data Centres and KnC Miner’s rapidly growing operation. Hydro66’s offerings are targeted at the global wholesale and enterprise marketplace.

Justin Fielder, CTO of Hydro66, says: “We chose Boden and The Node Pole region because of the abundance of natural, clean and sustainable power and the advantageously low ambient temperatures year round, which dramatically lower our clients’ operational costs. The powerful IT infrastructure is connected directly to the global Internet and corporate VPNs by fully diverse dark fibre connections offering almost unlimited capacity. The region also has research and competence in advanced IT. We were delighted to work with The Node Pole investment team and the City of Boden’s development teams, who made our decision an easy one. This data centre is part of a multi-million-pound commitment to The Node Pole region in building out capacity and capability to meet customer demand.

Editor’s notes:

About Hydro66: Hydro66 is a company dedicated to offering ground-breaking hosting services that dramatically change the impact that companies running power-hungry IT services have on the environment, whilst simultaneously lowering their operational costs dramatically when compared to traditional data centres in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia Pacific regions. Offering wholesale capacity in state-of-the-art data centres that combine unrivalled power availability and free-air cooling for 360 days a year with exceptionally good fibre-based connectivity, Hydro66 delivers solutions that are ideal for mission-critical hosting such as virtual currency mining, cloud-based applications and multimedia streaming. Read more at www.hydro66.com

Hydro66 is backed by Black Green Capital, a UK-based venture firm investing in high-tech startups. Read more at www.blackgreencapital.com

About The Node Pole: The Node Pole region encompasses the municipalities Luleå, Boden and Piteå in the very north of Sweden, just by the Arctic Circle. The region has earned the epithet The Node Pole due to its northern position and emergence as a global hub for data traffic. The Node Pole offers perfect conditions for creating customised solutions for high-tech, electricity-intensive constructions such as data centres. In addition to having an extremely stable electricity infrastructure, The Node Pole region provides natural and free fresh-air cooling and renewable hydro- and wind power with low energy costs. Sweden enjoys one of the lowest electricity pricings in Europe and The Node Pole region has the lowest electricity price in Sweden. The region is also one of the most geologically, politically and socially stable areas in the world. Read more at www.thenodepole.com

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