Northern Data AG

Northern Data AG unveils its first data centre in Frankfurt

30 November 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Northern Data AG has announced the operation of its first data centre at the company’s Frankfurt am Main location.

From December 2020, the Frankfurt location will make up part of the company's Distributed Computing Cluster, based on its mobile data centres.

Stefan Sickenberger, COO of Northern Data said, "High-Performance Computing has become an integral part of research and large parts of industry.

“Parallel processor systems and clusters are needed to process large volumes of data at high speed and with maximum stability.

“A key driver of success is lower energy consumption and high power efficiency. We are pleased to be working closely with our research partners on this project.

“We are particularly proud of our cooperation with the High-Performance Computing Architecture group at the Goethe University Frankfurt, which commands a great deal of expertise, especially in the area of Green IT.”

This will add to the company's worldwide network of GPU clusters, including in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and Canada.

Aroosh Thillainathan, CEO of Northern Data, adds, "Above all, our concept of 'design-to-cost' is particularly important to this project.

“We not only manage the customer's data centre and hardware but also the software, enabling us to optimise the data centre operations to meet the customer's actual needs.

“In contrast to pure colocation providers, which have no influence on, for example, the load distribution of their customers and their software processing within the data centre, we are able to regulate this with our management software.

“Among other things, we also control the cooling capacity very efficiently in terms of the required computing power, and this enables us to achieve excellent PUE values. Our customers save energy and achieve cost savings as a result.”

Thillainathan added that with the company’s targeted selection of locations in northern regions, which will allow the company to offer its customers HPC solutions tailored to their needs.