Lefdal Mine Data Center: Where the cloud goes underground

By: Laurence Guihard-Joly

The grand opening of the Lefdal Mine Data Center in Maloy, Norway, on May 10 sets a new standard for the industry and presents enterprises around the world with exciting possibilities for data center capacity and cloud computing. IBM Resiliency Services will provide its full suite of offerings to Lefdal Mine Data Center clients to help them meet the requirements of an always-on world.

Burrowed deep below Norway’s northwest coast, the existence of this state-of-the-art facility is a remarkable achievement. The Lefdal Mine Data Center is massive, with the potential of 120,000 square meters of net white space and 200 megawatts of IT capacity delivered in container solutions or traditional white space. This enables customers to receive a pay-as-you-grow model, with no risk of paying for unnecessary capacity.

The inherent resiliency of the Lefdal Mine will give clients a unique competitive advantage when it comes to protecting critical infrastructure and developing long-term resiliency strategies. From a physical standpoint, the high-density rock provides natural protection from electromagnetic disruptions to the servers operating 150 meters underground, and its sheer size makes it one of the largest data centers in Europe. Powered by 100 percent renewable energy with zero carbon emissions and a cooling capacity of 45 MW, it’s also Europe’s greenest data center.

Because of its architecture, the Lefdal data center is impervious to electromagnetic pulses caused by lightning strikes, electronic sabotage and other disruptions. It also includes leading technology from IBM and Rittal and a full suite of IBM Cloud Resiliency services available to clients.

Lefdal Mine Data Center

Growing a greener data center

The highly secure facility with clean, reliable energy is a powerful draw for enterprises looking for a more flexible and resilient operating model while avoiding avoiding common concerns like capacity limits and rising energy costs. As the technology partner for Lefdal Mine Data Center, IBM developed the technical design and provided an independent quality assurance for the entire blueprint. IBM also built resiliency into the technical development of this Tier III data center from the start. Server and power modules customized specifically for the Lefdal Mine facility will be made available to clients to plug in or remove as needed to account for changing volumes of data capacity. In addition, if a company wants to install its own equipment first, modules can be shipped to any location outside Lefdal to make that happen before they enter the mine.

As more enterprises shift to hybrid cloud, the Lefdal Mine Data Center provides a unique opportunity to accelerate innovation and deliver a far more resilient and flexible operating model. With resiliency built in from the start, potential disruptions are significantly decreased — enabling business and IT leaders to use hybrid cloud to pioneer next-generation initiatives like cognitive computing and the Internet of Things so they can shape new digital markets and business models.

The opening of the Lefdal Mine Data Center represents a new blueprint to ensure long-term business continuity and cyber resiliency from outside cybersecurity threats and comes as we look ahead to Business Continuity Awareness Week taking place May 15–19.

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About The Author

Laurence Guihard-Joly

General Manager, Cloud Migration, IBM

Laurence Guihard-Joly is GM, Cloud Migration, leading the Global Cloud Migration Factory, accountable for strategy, business performance, delivery excellence and client satisfaction, and covering of all type of migration from anywhere to anywhere, for projects small to large, across all geographies and all industries. From Data Center relocation to Cloud migration for Infrastructure, Data and... Read more