English data center operator DigiPlex announced in late April that it opened a new Norway data center.
The Scandinavian facility was built with a focus on data center sustainability and its infrastructure was created using the latest environmentally conscious solutions. The facility has a PUE rating of 1.1, one of the lowest ratings of any data center. The building, located in the Oslo suburb of Fetsund, features an air-to-air cooling system that takes advantage of the naturally cool climate and reduces energy consumption by 25 percent. Just like with the other sites in DigiPlex's portfolio, all of the power used by the Norway data center comes from renewable sources.
"The Nordic climate, abundant energy from renewable sources and political stability make the region an excellent location for data centers, and they have great potential here – something that deserves wider international recognition," said Byrne Murphy, chairman of DigiPlex.
The Fetsund data center was constructed in such a way as to allow for future expansions as storage needs increase. The site consists of two three-story buildings providing more than 45,000 square feet of available space and a total power availability of 18 MW.
The Norway data center was funded in a unique way, relying on publicly traded bonds. The site is the first in the world to be built using such a method of funding, deciding not to rely on equity or bank debt. Nearly $85 million was raised by the company on the Oslo Stock Exchange using floating-rate notes, becoming the first European data center to issue such bonds for any purpose.
Along with the new facility in Fetsund, DigiPlex also owns and operates two other sites in Scandinavia, a Sweden data center and a Finland data center.
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