Colt manufactures and ships 500m² data centre to Iceland

Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform, today announced that Verne Global, a data centre developer and operator, has selected Colt’s Modular Data Centre for its dual-sourced renewable energy facility in Iceland. This is the world’s first mission critical data centre with zero-emissions to be manufactured and constructed in less than four months.

Colt has manufactured a 500m2 data centre hall in the UK which will be shipped to Keflavik, Iceland early next month. A total of 37 modules will be transported by sea and assembled within weeks at the Verne Global data centre campus in Iceland.

“This is a very interesting project and shows how the industry is transforming,” commented Chris Ingle, Associate Vice President, IDC. “Verne Global’s Iceland location and dual source renewable energy provides a combination of sustainability and cost visibility. Colt’s approach to data centre build provides a fast and flexible way of fitting out the space. The ability to provide a traditional data centre more efficiently than is currently the case provides a strong alternative in the market.”

“Partnering with Colt enables us to have a purpose-built facility that will be in operation before the end of 2011, supporting our mission of delivering the world’s first dual-sourced renewably powered data centre,” said Jeff Monroe, CEO at Verne Global. “We see a strong demand in the colocation market and we required a partner who could provide highly resilient, flexible data centre space, configured to our specific technical requirements”

Mr. Monroe added, “With Colt’s modular approach, we have the ability to streamline the design process while leveraging Colt’s factory controlled fabrication process to ensure quality. This approach also provides Verne Global with the opportunity to quickly scale capacity to address customer demand in a rapid timeframe.”
Verne Global’s data centre campus is strategically located so its customers benefit from Iceland’s unique power sources of 100 percent geothermal and hydroelectric power. Colt has customised its modular design to optimise Iceland’s temperate climate to ensure that free, fresh air cooling is available 365 days a year.

Bernard Geoghegan, Executive Vice President at Colt Data Centre Services added, “We are continuously working to improve our modular design allowing customers to operate at maximum efficiency no matter what the environmental conditions or where the data centre is located. We can deliver it almost anywhere in the world.”

Geoghegan added, “The customisation of Verne Global’s data centre campus demonstrates this flexible approach to our customers’ needs. More importantly, we can deliver it all in a very short period of time – less than four months – truly setting us apart from the competition.”

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About Colt Modular Data Centres:

  • Deliver highly flexible, fully operational data centre halls to customers in less than four months
  • Data halls are available in 125m2, 250m2 and 375m2 or multiple combinations of each model in addition to the 500m2 standard size
  • The data centres are fully flexible and can be built to a range of customer defined criteria
  • Can be delivered to either a Colt or customer-owned site
  • Innovative design has been recognised by the Datacentre Leaders’ Awards 2010

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About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform for Europe, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 21-country, 35,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 18,000 buildings and 19 Colt data centres.

In 2010, the Colt Data Centre Services business was launched to deliver innovative high quality modular data centres which are rapid to deploy and power efficient.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT). Information about Colt and its services can be found at

About Verne Global

Verne Global owns and operates a data centre campus in Keflavik, Iceland that offers data centre decision-makers both colocation and build-to-suit options. Customer’s range in size, from those requiring multi-kilowatts to multi-megawatts. The data centre campus is powered by dual sources of 100% renewable energy (geothermal and hydro-electric) and is well-positioned to lower the carbon footprint of companies around-the-world. The site is connected to Europe and the United States with multiple high-speed cables. Based in the United Kingdom, Verne Global is led by an experienced team with proven success in the data centre industry For more information, please visit us at

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Michelle Coghlan, Colt
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Verne Global

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