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Green HPC for Iceland

100% renewable energy powered node of Datapipe’s Stratosphere high performance computing (HPC) cloud platform deepens partnership with Verne Global.

 

Date: 18 Jun 2013

Datapipe has announced the availability of its Stratosphere high performance computing (HPC) green cloud platform delivered from Verne Global’s data centre campus in Iceland. The unique, dual sourced renewable power and cooling efficiencies of Verne Global’s facility complement Datapipe’s longstanding commitment to the environment and allow the company to offer long-term, predictable power costs.

The Stratosphere HPC cloud platform provides on-demand scalability combined with the performance and security benefits usually associated with single tenant data centres. The API driven platform utilises all SSD storage delivering guaranteed IOPS without the noisy neighbour problems of typical shared storage platforms. Stratosphere can be configured with public or private resources, with up to 32 physical core equivalents per instance, a half terabyte (TB) of RAM, and tens of thousands of IOPS per volume, all residing on a 10GE network.

Stratosphere HPC enables enterprises to tap into a large scale processing environment for big data services. Customers are leveraging this service to solve complex business problems and drive new revenues using Apache Hadoop, MongoDB, Redis, Basho Riak, and other popular big data and NoSQL solutions in a high performance, reliable, and secure solution.
This announcement furthers the global reach of Datapipe’s Stratosphere HPC cloud platform - known as the most widely deployed Apache CloudStack environment on the market. Datapipe clients have immediate access to the new Iceland node as well as Silicon Valley, the New York Metro area, Ashburn Virginia, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai.

Pulling from one of the world’s most reliable power grids, Verne Global offers a 100 percent renewably powered data centre solution that is ideal for HPC and cloud applications. Verne Global’s access to geothermal and hydroelectric power sources, plus free-cooling provided by Iceland’s ambient air temperature and lower power prices that can be locked in over a 20 year period, enables companies to implement green programmes that are not only good for the planet, but also good for their bottom line.

Robb Allen, CEO of Datapipe elaborates why this makes the company unique.
“The network capabilities of Verne Global’s data centre and efficiencies of Iceland’s energy infrastructure enable Datapipe to provide a one-of-a-kind green HPC cloud solution,” Allen said. “Datapipe clients now have access to Stratosphere’s Iceland region through the same portal used to deploy cloud solutions in the U.S., U.K. and Asia.”

All of Datapipe’s data centres in the U.S. are powered by renewable energy as part of the company’s commitment to the environment. Recognised as a Green Power Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 2010, Datapipe achieved EPA Leadership Club status in 2011 and is currently ranked #9 on the EPA Green Power Partner Top Tech & Telecom list.

“Power availability and costs are becoming two of the leading constraints for HPC clouds and clusters,” said Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global. “Together, Verne Global and Datapipe are meeting these challenges with the first truly green HPC cloud for the European and North American markets.”
 

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