Verne Global selects Colt to expand data centre capacity in Iceland to meet demand

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London, 28 February, 2013 — Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform, today announced that Verne Global, a developer of power conscious data centre campuses, has selected Colt’s ftec data centre for an expansion of its 100 percent dual-sourced, renewable energy facility in Keflavik, Iceland. As more governments, private companies and public organisations look for ways to minimize their power consumption and carbon footprint, the additional Colt ftec data centre space will enable Verne Global to continue to meet increasing demand for more energy efficient, cost effective and environmentally sustainable data centre solutions.Fabricated at Colt’s manufacturing facility in Northern England, the data centre modules will be shipped to Iceland in May and assembled onsite ready to go live in Q3.

“As cloud, mobile and big data applications drive organisations to look for cutting edge solutions for their data storage needs, interest in our Icelandic facility continues to gain momentum and we find ourselves needing to expand our current footprint,” said Jeff Monroe, CEO for Verne Global. “Our partnership with Colt allows for flexible and rapid expansion of our business with a superior product that meets our specific requirements.”

“By putting flexibility right at the heart of our data centres both in the design phase and throughout the life cycle, we achieve market-leading cost savings for customers in terms of energy efficiency and an unrivalled time to market of less than four months,” said Guy Ruddock, Vice President of Design and Delivery for Colt. “In the case of Verne Global’s campus, we’ve specifically customised our design to fully harness Iceland’s fresh air cooling which is available 365 days a year. This, coupled with the unique 100 percent renewable, dual sourced power supplying the data centre hall, provides industry leading efficiency and reliability.”

Ruddock adds: “In many respects, our approach can be likened to purchasing a new computer. Once we determine the user’s exact requirements, we build a tailored solution based on a combination of standardised architecture, proven modular components and options for dynamic scalability in terms of space, cooling and power requirements. The result is a data centre that matches or exceeds the durability and quality standards of a traditional build but is ready for work in a fraction of the time.”

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. The Colt ftec data centre is built in a modular way with steel frame and the use of standardised, right-sized components minimises waste and makes the data centre layout as efficient as possible. The materials used in the data centre can be recycled at end of life.

For further information on:

• Colt ftec data centre built with flex technology:

• The existing data centre at the Verne Global campus (including blogs, videos, photography and a case study):

About Colt
Colt is the information delivery platform, 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 22-country, 43,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 19,000 buildings and 20 carrier neutral Colt data centres.

In 2010, the Colt Data Centre Services business was launched to deliver innovative high quality data centre solutions at a Colt or customer site. Our Innovative data centres are rapid to deploy, flexible and highly efficient.

In addition to its direct sales capability, Colt has four indirect channels to market; Agent, Franchise, Distributor and Wholesale which includes Carriers, Service Providers, VARs and Voice Resellers. Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT).

About Verne Global:
Verne Global is developing the data center industry’s first carbon neutral data center campus. Verne’s mission is to develop data centers in optimized geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium. Currently in the first stage of development, Verne Global is constructing a 44 acre campus on the former NATO Command Center in Keflavik, Iceland. With Iceland’s favourable natural attributes and renewable energy resources, Verne Global can save customers as much as $100 million in ten years on energy costs alone. For more information, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Colt Press Contact
Emma Hedges, Weber Shandwick
DDI: +44 (0)207 067 0512
Mobile: +44 (0)7957 174 504

Industry Analysts’ Contact
Agi Donnithorne, Loudhouse
DDI: + 44 (0)8453 700655
Mobile: +44 (0)7595 003328

Verne Global Press Contact
Claire Ayles, Johnson King
DDI: +44 (0)20 7401 7968
Mobile : +44 (0)7867 518 094

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28 February 2013

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