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Powering an Efficient Colocation Facility: Green Mountain

Published Friday 4 December 2015 by Knut Molaug

Companies that want to outsource their data center infrastructure and IT services no longer have to choose between convenience and sustainability. We claim that our Green Mountain facility, located in a former NATO ammunition store, is the greenest data center in the world. We are also one of the largest and the fastest growing colocation operators in the Nordics.

In a previous blog post, I explained about our work with Schneider Electric Norge AS in the building of DC1-Stavanger on the west coast of Norway. The center benefits from free cooling from the adjacent fjord, achieving world-class efficiency. At the same time it leverages abundant access to low cost, renewable hydropower. The end-result is a 25 MW data center with a Power Utilization Efficiency (PUE) rating below 1.2 and an Uptime Institute Tier III certification.

Our DC2-Telemark data center that was opened over one year ago achieved the Uptime Institute Tier III certification for design of their DC2-Telemark datacenter last week. The center is located at Rjukan in the Telemark region and is in the heart of the Norwegian hydropower production. There are six large power stations in the immediate vicinity, making it the most robust power point in Europe. Green Mountain now operates two Tier III certified datacentres and is the only Nordic provider of high quality certified datacentres.

Both our data centers are focusing on high quality and robust design, world-class efficiency and high security, solely utilizing renewable energy. To support our growth, efficiency and quality ambitions, Green Mountain has partnered with Schneider Electric in the “Powered by Schneider Electric” initiative — part of the efficient data center program.

Through our data centers and partnering with high quality providers we aim to offer even better value to our customers and provide efficient and sustainable choices for colocation — green colocation. Please take a look at four things we did on our way to become the greenest of the green.

Knut Molaug


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Tor Kristian Gyland took over as CEO of Green Mountain from September 2017. Before this he was the Chief Operating Officer in Green Mountain and responsible for the operation of the Green Mountain data centres portfolio.

Prior to Green Mountain, he was 10 years in Evry as Operating Officer responsible for a large organization of technicians working in IT related areas from OS, Virtualization, Network, Storage and Midrange systems. Gyland was the second employee in Green Mountain and has been responsible for developing the technical infrastructure and build Green Mountain to a major player in the data centre industry.
Gyland has more than 20 years of experience within data centres and IT operations and have been involved in several major IT and technical projects. His educational background is a bachelor in electrical engineering with specialisation in automation.