More and more data are stored which in turn requires more energy. Finding ways to reduce energy consumption and thereby create a better life for both the environment and communications, are two major challenges for research and the industry, and two of the challenges that were addressed during the conference.
– Northern Sweden has favorable conditions for data centers. Contributing to this does the cold climate, the renewable energy in the form of hydropower and the over time stable electricity supply, says Marie Nolin, project manager at the Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology, CDT.
Discussions about the energy tax
During the conference at Luleå University of Technology, the approximately 80 participants got to listen to Frank Ketelaars from IBM, Azimeh Sefidcon, Ericsson, Andy Long, CEO of Boden's data center Hydro66 and Sam Cole, manager of the data center KNC Miner. The conference participants also got to visit a data center in Boden. The conference closed with a panel discussion which, among other things, discussed the issue of energy for data centers.
– Hopefully, the energy tax should be the same throughout Europe. It would create a more fair competition, says Marie Nolin.
More data centers to the region
The opportunity for the industry to meet and interact is of great importance at a conference such as The data center and cloud days. Both to attract more data centers and innovative companies to the region and to bring about possible research collaborations.
– The industry has a need for meeting places and one such is Cloudberry. There is also a need to raise and communicate important issues, such as how local businesses can become better providers of data center companies, says Marie Nolin.
– Luleå University of Technology needs to expand its research in order to solve the challenges the industry is facing. But we also need to be in the forefront when it comes to education so that the region has skilled staff to put into this growing sector of the future.
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