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atNorth reveals new site location for the opening of its third data centre in Akureyri

atNorth reveals new site location for the opening of its third data centre in Akureyri

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atNorth, a leading high-performance colocation provider, has revealed the location of its new data centre site in the north of Iceland. The new site will add a third centre to atNorth’s campus roster in Iceland and comes off the back of the newly launched data centre in Stockholm, Sweden.

The one-hectare plot of land, together with nearby plots for expansion, has been granted by the Akureyri Town Planning Council under terms intended for purely environmentally friendly business use. The site design and build will directly align with atNorth’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and overarching contribution to circular economy principles within the data centre industry.  

“We welcome the development of this site in Akureyri,” said Ásthildur Sturludóttir, Mayor of Akureyri. “The project complements recent infrastructure projects in the north-east of the country, that will ensure safe and secure transfer of electricity to the area. Increasing the access to electricity as well as the security in the transfer to the north-east area makes this type of development possible.”

The new location in the north of Iceland offers many benefits to businesses looking to house their data in an affordable and sustainable way. Akureyri is easily accessible to the rest of Europe, with the data centre being located only an hour from Reykjavík airport. Amidst soaring energy costs, this presents a new opportunity for UK businesses to offload and migrate IT operations in a more cost-efficient way.

“The choice of Akureyri is strategic, it is already a thriving high-tech hub with many technology companies in the area and the new centre will offer many job opportunities to an already excellent and talented workforce,” said Eyjólfur Magnús, atNorth CEO. “In addition, Iceland’s colder climate and renewable energy sources allow businesses to tap into a sustainable infrastructure with great connectivity and cost efficiencies, which will allow us to deliver our services with high precision to customers both in and outside the Nordic region. We are very pleased to be expanding and building out our new site in Akureyri.” 

Currently, most existing data centres in Iceland are in the south-west of the country, making Akureyri an ideal new location to spread the risk of operation, strengthen the speed of connectivity, ensure better access to data connections from abroad and ease security concerns. This offers a great opportunity for companies looking to source more than one location to host their data in the same country. The new data centre in Aureyri increases the safety of those who already host data in Iceland, given that there are enough people to service equipment, the centre will create jobs there as well as the town being easily accessible. 

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