Data centres continuing to boom in Iceland

Published: 2 July 2019 - 8:41 p.m.
By: CommsMEA staff writer
Urriðafoss in southern Iceland. Photo credit: Ben Mack

Data centres are continuing to boom in Iceland.

One advantage is companies can save on cooling costs. Another is readily available natural energy sources. Others also include an innovative culture and commitment to data privacy and security.

However, with just three submarine cable networks connecting Iceland with the rest of Europe, there are concerns with long-term data centre growth and increasing capacity demands. This has led to concern that, if data centres were to close down, it could seriously harm the Icelandic economy - a problem compounded by the fact Iceland has a small population of just a few hundred thousand people.

Iceland's data centres are the subject of a new story in MIT Technology Review.

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