VINNOVA supports LTU for creating research and innovation environment around data centers

Published: 9 July 2013

The project is called Cloudberry Data Centers and has been granted four million SEK from VINNOVA Agency Vinnväxt program. The goal is to develop an internationally leading environment for research and innovation in the field of large-scale data management - an industry that is growing very rapidly.

- Cloudberry will strengthen the growing industry around data centers in Norrbotten. The project covers a wide field. It requires comprehensive understanding of everything from resource efficient IT solutions for storage, communication and analysis of large data to new construction techniques for data centers and advanced systems for resource management, operations and maintenance. There is also an increasing demand around analysis of large data sets and its increasing rapidly. Needs come from all industries - from basic industry to service and retail, says Mikael Börjesson, CEO of the Centre for Distance-Spanning Technology, who submitted the project application.

LTU Mikael Börjeson

The goal of the projects is to develop an international and leading environment for data center operators offering new knowledge and new solutions that will be required for future data centers. The government agency VINNOVA has therefore issued a mobilization and development support to the initiative since they expect a good growth potential. 

- The use of digital data increases exponentially. Forecasts indicate that the amount of data usage globally will have increased forty-fold already by 2020. Since March, the number of requests for data center openings in Luleå has been increasing steadily. Our region has many great advantages in form of cheap renewable electricity, cool clean air, stable physical and political environment, good infrastructure and high level of expertise. Cloudberry will be another important piece of the puzzle to create an internationally leading environment for research and innovation in the field of data centers, says Mikael Börjesson, CEO of CDT.

Cloudberry Data Center is a partnership between academia, public sector, industry and involves parties such as Luleå University of Technology, Umeå University, SICS, Ericsson, Vattenfall, ABB, Atea, Landstinget, Länsstyrelsen i Norrbotten, Boden and Luleå Municipality, The Node Pole, Kyab, Fortlax, Effnet, Tullverket, ArctosLabs, Mirror Partner, Oricane, Agio, Xarepo and Metria.