Big things are happening at Miris. We’ve had the pleasure to launch several projects the last year with the support of various partners, and just recently we could finally announce our partnership with Nokia, who will support our projects with their technology and services.
To give a brief introduction to what this partnership brings, we sat down with Senior Manager of Strategic Transformation at Nokia, Ole Christian Braathen. Braathen took some time to discuss what our partnership entails, the future of data centres and how these centres are connected to climate change.
Why is this partnership such an exciting opportunity for Nokia?
The Nokia strategy builds on our core strength of delivering large, high-performance networks by methodically expanding our business to targeted, high growth verticals, such as the energy sector and the public sector. Miris is addressing these two sectors with the Spark concept, which caught our attention right away. What’s more, modern real estate represents a physical entity for which network nodes need to be placed in the future.
That being said, Nokia is not exiting its core business with communications service providers, which will remain the clear majority of our business for the foreseeable future. The plan is rather to use our main competitive advantage – the industry’s most complete end-to-end networks portfolio – to capture new customers in new markets.
Why real estate and why exactly MIRIS?
Real estate is interesting because it’s an important prerequisite to build networks and data centres in areas that are becoming increasingly populated. Miris has experience with real estate, telecom and energy, a combination which is quite unique. We think they make the perfect partner to explore the smart city concept further.
Can you tell us what this partnership entails?
Simply put, it’s an industrial partnership where Nokia provides the technology and services to support Miris’ business concept. It’s a good match: Miris establishes concepts such as Spark with their experience and knowledge in the real estate market, with us providing the solutions needed to operate these centres.
Can you tell us a little bit more about these solutions?
Specifically, we’re delivering both the hardware and the software. Nokia can deliver a wide range of solutions, compatible with several third-party services. This also includes any cloud services and office applications that might be useful for companies renting office spaces in one of these centres, as well as smart city building management with sensors and Internet of Things solutions.
Done deal: Miris signs with Nokia. Ole Christian Braathen number four from the left.
Who else can benefit from centrally located data centres?
Latency is hugely important for companies delivering online services. Companies such as Netflix will be able to host their services in a Spark data centre, where they’ll have their customers within close proximity, securing low latency and quality service. Local businesses exploring AI, big data, and machine learning or other high compute-intensive applications, will also benefit from having their servers close by.
Can concepts such as Spark change the way we think about cities and city planning?
The need for computer power will continue to increase exponentially in the near future, and it’s essentially why we have to create more efficient solutions that utilize the energy created by data centres. It might sound far fetched for some, but I think this way of utilizing heat will be no different from what they’ve done on Iceland for ages – it’ll become a given.
So-called Greenfield areas will probably be among the first to host data centre concepts such as Spark, but as we gain experience and develop new solutions, more established urban areas will host these kinds of data centres as well.
Why do smart cities get so much attention – what’s happening?
As I said, we’re consuming more and more computer power. What you do online has a significant carbon footprint, so from a sustainability and environmental point of view, it’s crucial that we do something. If you look at how climate change is affecting us, I’d say we have no choice.