The Cloudberry group at LTU: Michael Nilsson, Jan Pettersson, Mikael Börjeson, Marie Nolin, Karl Andersson.

Large data volumes drive national growth

Published: 27 February 2014

The data center and cloud industry is growing fast and Sweden has gained global attention for being a great place for establishments. Extraordinary stable provisioning of green, affordable energy, reliable work force, broadband infrastructure and the cold climate are driving forces behind this new trend.

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Mikael Börjeson och Karl Andersson, both Cloudberry Datacenters. Karl Andersson is also responsible for The Computer networking programme, a 2 year education programme at LTU.

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.

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Demonstration of projects

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.

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Workshop

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.