Over the last few years the northern countries have been busy promoting ideal conditions for construction of data centers. Most of them pitch the idea of green data centers, powered by renewable energy sources, free cooling, ideal location and all that jazz.
There is a great site called Data Center Map. They provide detailed information on major data server locations. After only a couple of minutes on the site you will begin to see patterns. Data centers are usually built on international fiber optic crossroads, places with better economy conditions, close to power plants and any place where location can provide advantage in one way or another.
Iceland has been “ignored” as a viable data center location for quite some time. Investors have been skeptical because the country is notorious for its seismic activity. Not to mention the fact 3 banks went bankrupt in 2008, leading to a national crisis. Usually, this is all it takes to scare off potential investments. This, however, did not scare off Verne Global from building a 44.5 acre data center in Iceland.
Presently Verne Global's campus in Keflavik, Iceland, is 100% carbon neutral and draws its commercial power from Iceland’s dual-sourced renewable energy grid of geothermal and hydroelectric power. This is the first major data center in Iceland. Because of its location and direct access to a modern power grid, they can offer over 50% cost savings to their customers. On top of this, Verne Global took advantage of Iceland's strategic location between Europe and America. Two submarine cables connect Iceland to Europe and one to North America.
Verne Global chose Colt for their modular solution, allowing the owner of the data center to choose when to invest in infrastructure and expand, maximizing the utilization of the facilities over time.
So why not build more data centers in Iceland? Cheap renewable energy, redundant power grid, redundant transcontinental network connectivity and zero cost for cooling. What's not to like?
If you like to check how servers in Iceland perform from your location, we might be able to help.
One popular MMORPG is based in Iceland – Eve Online. On eve-offline.net you can get IP addresses for different servers. Try 126.96.36.199 on port 26000. Our latest test from Seattle shows less than one second response time. In fact, most server monitoring targets from Iceland would return good figures, based on what we have seen. If you run a server in Iceland, go ahead and try how well it performs from Europe and the United States. Don't forget to let us know what you found out.