04 Oct 2010 12:10:04
'World's first' carbon-neutral cloud service to launch
An Icelandic company is launching what claims to be the world's first carbon-neutral cloud computing service.
Hosting company GreenQloud said that the data storage service will be powered entirely by hydropower and geothermal energy, Techworld reports.
Eirkur Hrafnsson, GreenQloud's chief executive officer, said that the cloud offering is looking to compete with the popular service currently provided by Amazon. It is due to be on offer early next year.
Mr Hrafnsson said that there has already been a lot of interest in the service, which is aimed at both businesses and consumers.
"There's plenty of interest in us. We have multi-terabit links to Denmark, England and Canada so speed of connection is not a problem," he added.
Capgemini recently launched its Merlin Tier 3 data centre, which its claims has the best Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of all comparable facilities worldwide. Merlin has a PUE output of 1.08, which is less than half the industry standard of 2.5 PUE.
The Environment Agency is set to use two modules of the data centre, according to Computing.co.uk.