Author: Sara Wretborn

Home of the Green Cloud

Some claim that timing is everything. Just before Stockholm Data Parks was launched, Forbes published its annual list of the Best Countries for Business. Sweden moved up four steps to the number one position.

Forbes ranking Best Countries for Business

Stockholm- a new business unicorn

It’s encouraging to read how the country has climbed from rank No. 17 in 2006 with Stockholm today being a new business unicorn creator on par with Silicon Valley, with names such as Spotify, King, Skype, Klarna and Mojang.

Since the objective of Stockholm Data Parks is to attract investments in large scale data centers, which engage in heat recovery, the Forbes ranking is important. But there are possibly even more important points to consider. Stockholm is in a good position to become the home of the Green Cloud.

Competitive electricity prices, an abundance of sustainable electricity and paid-for heat recovery lay the foundation for a sustainable and cost efficient hub for cloud services, where the reuse of heat can make the data centers net climate positive.

A European hub for FinTech

The vibrant startup community and the strong financial sector are important drivers for data traffic growth. Stockholm received 18% of VC financing to European FinTech during 2010-2014, and the city has become the financial center of the Nordics. Swedish banks have a 90% market share in Baltics.

The attractiveness of Stockholm has already been discovered by major companies. The city ranks third in Europe for Global HQ of Forbes 2000 companies, trailing only London and Paris. In addition, there are 127 regional HQs of Forbes 2000 companies in Stockholm.

80 million users- 30 milliseconds aways

The traffic-generating potential of the startups, the financial sector and the large corporations is augmented by the high appetite for cloud adoption and IT-outsourcing in the Nordic countries, as evidenced by the latest full scale report in 2014 by Eurostat.

Looking beyond the national border, Stockholm is ideally positioned as a hub for Northern Europe. Within 30 milliseconds of round trip delay from the city, there is an addressable market with more than 80 million data users. All these users could be served from Stockholm, with the plausible exception of the very most time sensitive applications that will likely be managed in edge data centers on a city-by-city basis.

Welcome to Stockholm Data Parks!

Johan Börje
Head of Marketing and Sales
Data Center Cooling and Heat recovery
Fortum Värme


Silicon Republic – Heat from data centres to be used to warm homes in Stockholm

Power Briefings – Swedish Data Centers – Stockholm Data Parks will be there

February 14 in Washington DC, and February 16 in Sillicon Valley, Business Sweden arranges a power briefing regarding Swedish Data Centers.

The purpose is to gain insights from industry experts on how Sweden can partner with you in establishing a cost effective & sustainable presence in Northern Europe.

Stockholm Data Parks will be there.

Pressrelease – Stockholm set new standards for sustainable data centers

The City of Stockholm launches Stockholm Data Parks to attract investment in data centers where waste heat is recycled and used to heat the city.

STOCKHOLM, January 24, 2017. A partnership comprising the City of Stockholm, Fortum Värme, Ellevio, Stokab and Invest Stockholm, today launched Stockholm Data Parks. The initiative seeks to help large data centers maximize cost efficiency and sustainability with low cost renewable electricity and paid-for heat recovery which is then distributed to Stockholm’s heating system. The long-term objective is to supply 10 percent of the city’s residential heating demand through recovered excess heat from data centers.

Stockholm Data Parks bring together the basic data center infrastructure elements to minimize startup costs and time to market for data center investors. At the ready-to-build sites, the necessary power, cooling, heat recovery and dark fiber infrastructure is predefined. The sites launched today are located in Kista/Akalla, the ICT hub of Sweden. Over time, data parks in other locations will be added to the program. Fully built out, recovered heat from Stockholm Data Parks will play an important role in the city’s future fossil-free energy system and data centers locating in Stockholm Data Parks have the potential to become net climate positive.

Setting new standards for sustainable data centers also entails reaching new cost levels. In addition to the cost of electricity decreasing to less than €0.04 per kilowatt-hour because of the recent tax change for data centers, Stockholm Data Parks will offer free data center cooling as a service in exchange for the excess heat when data center load exceeds 10 MW.

“So far, most data centers have been built with little consideration for the environment. We want to change that. With the significant synergies between recovered data center heat and the city’s environmental objective to become fossil fuel-free by 2040, I am determined to make Stockholm a major hub for sustainable data centers,” says Karin Wanngård, Mayor of the City of Stockholm.

“With a market of more than 80 million people within a roundtrip delay of 30 milliseconds, covering all major cities of Northern Europe, the Baltic states and western Russia, Stockholm is an ideal location for cloud players and other major data center actors,” adds Göran Långsved, Chariman of the Board at Fortum Värme.

For more information, please contact:

Erik Rylander
Head of Data Center Cooling and Heat recovery
Fortum Värme
+46 70 693 51 84

Torbjörn Bengtsson
Head of ICT,
Invest Stockholm
+46 8 508 280 06

Peder Bank, MD Interxion Nordics, On networking clusters and heat recovery

It’s all about networking clusters

Stockholm Data Parks had a chance to speak with Peder Bank, Interxion’s Managing Director for the Nordic Region. Peder spends his time between Copenhagen and Stockholm where Interxion’s Nordic data centers are located. Interxion is a Carrier and Cloud neutral Colocation data center operator with 42 data centers in 11 European countries in 13 different cities.

Peder, the market for data centers and cloud is booming
– what are the most important trends and drivers that you see today?

– The spectacular growth in computing has been going on for quite some time. What is different now is the concentration of growth into the cloud and colocation data centers. In addition to Internet of Things, digital media and cloud applications, important technology in networking and security has developed considerably and this has allowed enterprises to seriously start the transition to data centers and the cloud. It is a true digital revolution going on.

Today, more than 75% of enterprises have their own data center, but this is changing rapidly and companies are moving more and more workloads into the cloud and choosing colocation instead of building their own datacenters. The key here is that being present in a colocation center, you can have direct access to multiple networks and several cloud services. In this transition, service providers will play an important role to frame the right offerings.

In this new landscape, how would you describe Interxion’s
position and competitive strength?

– In Stockholm, we have had a strong growth the last 4 years and today we have a strong connectivity hub in Kista giving access to more than 60 carriers and we are the only data centre in Stockholm that can provide you with direct access to both Microsoft Azure and AWS direct node. We have worked hard for 16 years to make our data center one of the best connected datacenters in Europe. The combination of this allows for simple and efficient access to all networks you need to connect to and overcomes concerns about latency and capacity bottlenecks.

Imagine if you have invented a new game and want to role that out in multiple countries. How do you do that? If you come to Interxion’s data center, you could immediately get access to all the networks in our hub and, via the 3 internet exchanges get access to more than 600 networks to distribute your content/traffic and you can get extra capacity from the big public clouds when you need it.

Today, half of all traffic is on mobile devices and our attention span is short – we typically expect a page to load completely in less than three seconds. As a provider of a service, you need to bring together all the content, perform all processing and present the result to the user in three second. By being present in our data center, you can maximize your network performance and access distributed servers and storage in the shortest possible time.

In addition, let me emphasize our local focus. We are a locally operated company with decentralized decision-making, which allows us to move fast and adapt to new customer requirements. We also provide a high level of service by maintaining a well-equipped and professional local staff.

Looking a few years ahead, what should we expect
from Interxion in Stockholm?

– We will continue to build on our strengths, that is to capitalize on our communication hub and to aggressively build out our campus here in Stockholm. The campus idea is important as valuable networking effects can be achieved. Our uniqueness is related to all the connections the Interxion group has established in all leading European Markets with a total of more than 600 netvorks PoP. We can dynamically offer them more capacity in our data center allowing them to meet growing demands from local customers in the Nordic region. By bringing in the international players, the value for the local customers increases. So, it is a virtual circle. My expectation is that a huge part of Swedish enterprises in the coming years will move to data center campuses for gaining operational efficiencies and direct access to cloud services, driving the need for new colocation capacity.

You are using Fortum Värme’s cooling service to cool your
data center, how has the cooperation been?

– In our data center, we have a chilled water based cooling system. Working with Fortum Värme has allowed us to complement that system to gain OPEX savings. We get paid several months per year when we use the system since Fortum Värme can recover the heat and use it for residential heating.

The cooperation has been excellent. The service has been reliable and issues have been resolved efficiently. We continue to work with Fortum Värme and are right now exploring how the cooling and heat recovery can be redefined for our future expansion.

Cooling as a Service from Fortum Värme comes with heat recovery.
How important has this been for Interxion in Stockholm?

– For me, heat recovery is part of making our data centers greener. Why should you waste the excess energy when it can be used for residential heating? Reuse of resources is important if we should combat climate change. I believe that all data centers should recover their heat.

Today, heat recovery is part of how I position Interxion in Sweden, and it has been important in attracting customers. For international clients, our heat recovery approach has clearly raised the customer interest in Interxion’s Swedish data center.


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