Atos builds world’s most eco-efficient data center in Helsinki

International IT giant Atos says it is building the world’s most eco-efficient data center in Helsinki in cooperation with the Finnish company Academica Oy. Located in the waterfront Suvilahti district of Helsinki, the Tier 3 class data centre will use sea water for cooling. The heat produced by the new datacenter can be used to provide heating for more than 2000 households, according to Atos.

Atos’ decision to locate in Helsinki was influenced by the Finland’s pioneering role in cloud services and data centre technology, as well as the country’s stable society. Finland’s cool climate and easy availability of cooling water are also important factors that make it an attractive location for data centres.

With the construction of the new facility, Finland becomes one of the 13 global data centres used by Atos for providing cloud services. Suvilahti’s data centre services will be offered to Nordic clients but can also be used by central European companies, according to Jan Kritz, who is responsible for outsourcing services at Atos. Construction at Suvilahti is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Atos’ Finnish partner Academica Oy won the Uptime Institute Green Enterprise IT Award 2010 for its innovative and energy efficient datacenter, also located in Helsinki. The heat produced by the servers of the data centre is transmitted with a heat pump into the district heating system run by Helsingin Energia and is used for heating buildings and water in the city.

Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of EUR 8.7 billion and 78,500 employees in 42 countries. It was created in July this year through the acquisition of Siemens IT Services by the French company Atos Origin. Serving a global client base, Atos delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services.

01 September, 2011

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