The demand for data centers is expected to increase drastically. Nokia embraces the concept of Norwegian MIRIS.
Monday January 14th
Especially small data centers in close proximity to the user – so called EDGE data centers are expected to increase in the future.
“When my boys play computer games, they know their ping response time perfectly well; how fast their connection really is. As ‘the cloud’ evolves from simply storing files to also performing calculations, it will be of paramount importance to execute these calculations as close to the user as possible”, says Jan-Gunnar Mathisen, CEO of MIRIS. A Norwegian real estate and technology firm which develops sustainable buildings and technology to increase efficiency in the real estate industry.
The distance from the network user to the data center becomes increasingly important. When the user is located closer to the data center, the connection becomes faster and more stable.
Today, many data centers create noise and require substantial amounts of electricity. In addition, the heat which is produced is simply leaked out into the surroundings.
MIRIS launched the concept Spark EDGE last autumn. The technology makes the excess heat from data centers reusable for heating buildings close by. In addition to being environmentally friendly it is also soundless.
“It’s important to implement sustainable solutions as soon as possible. There are nine million data centers in the world today, and if we don’t make any changes, they will have spent up to a fifth of energy resources in a couple of years”, says Svein H. Olavesen, project manager for the Spark concept in MIRIS.
MIRIS recently signed a contract with the Finnish company NOKIA, which will provide the data technology and operate the pilot facilities. This will make the data centers of the future to a resource for business parks and residential areas.
NOKIA are giants when it comes to developing network technologies
Today, NOKIA is a global leading communication provider, creating technology to connect the world.
“We are very pleased that NOKIA likes our concept. They are giants when it comes to developing network technologies, and together we will develop and test a product which is not only sustainable, but also deliver the quality that network users expect”, says Olavesen.
The project is a perfect match for NOKIA’s core competence and innovation as well as NOKIA long term sustainability targets.
At first, MIRIS and NOKIA will test the concept on a defined area. The goal is for municipalities across the country to eventually invest in Spark themselves.
“This first sale on the Airframe Open Edge solution is demonstrating how different technologies can come together to develop new business opportunities. With the machinery in place, it starts a long-term partnership between MIRIS and NOKIA with focus on Edge Data Center solutions to be tested thoroughly before offered to the end-users”, says Morten Kveil, Account Manager, TEPS, NOKIA.
The municipality of Time may become the first pilot project
Several municipalities have shown a keen interest for Spark EDGE. Both Os and Time municipalities are currently looking into the possibility of building a data center which can supply surrounding buildings and equipment with electricity.
Time municipality has planned a technology center in an 18-story high rise building for a long time. Together with MIRIS and NOKIA they are now going to investigate if a nearby data center can provide heat to both this building and other buildings in the area. Both a pool and a stadium are planned.
MIRIS is mostly known for the hotel concept SVART, which will be the world’s first powerhouse hotel. The municipality of Meløy in Nordland has approved the zoning plan for the spectacular hotel which will be built on stilts at the foot of Svartisen National Park.
FACTS about EDGE
Situated in the city center, data centers can supply buildings in close proximity with energy. Simultaneously, solar panels placed on the surrounding buildings can produce electricity for their own consumption as well as the data center. According to the study “mulighetsstudien”, cities with up to 18.000 inhabitants can become self-supplied with energy in this way. The study also concludes that the energy consumption in data centers can be reduced by up to 40 percent, compared with an ordinary data center, the prospect shows.
The market for Global Edge Computing had a turnover above 70 billion kroner in 2017 and it’s expected to increase to 175 billion within 2026, with an annual growth of about 11 percent. (Source: Markets&Markets).