Mikael Börjeson, project manager for Cloudberry Datacenters at Luleå University of Technology, introduced the Cloudberry project to the 55 people who attended a workshop at LTU in Skellefteå. The project involves research and development of expertise for data centers.
– This new business is highly international, so we need to reach out both nationally and internationally to build networks and make contacts with key partners, says Mikael Börjeson.
– We see the establishment of the Facebook datacenter in Luleå and KnC Miner in Boden and believe that new establishments will soon be added in our region. A lot of sales activities are already ongoing and we aim at creating an environment for research and innovation that will help our partners to develop.
The focus of the Cloudberry project is greener and smarter datacenters. The key is that data centers are reliable. Also, energy issues around datacenters are central as handling of increasing data volumes will consume a lot of energy.
We build a partner network and a process that brings together research and innovation within the area and have already initiated five pilot projects. Design and training are other essential areas in the process. One problem may be a shortage of IT skilled manpower, which we address in the project.
The workshop was attended by representatives from datacenters, research institutes, large and small scale businesses, representatives from several municipalities, secondary schools, universities, government agencies and other types of actors.
The day was concluded by a dialogue café where the participants discussed what they want from the Cloudberry project and they can deliver.