Volkswagen moves to Iceland data centre


German automaker Volkswagen has shifted more than one megawatt of its high performance computing (HPC) applications to the Verne Global data centre campus in Iceland, which features a hybrid data approach.

With this move, Volkswagen aims to capitalise on the data centre's flexible density, variable resiliency, and reliable and scalable infrastructure to support its computing-intensive HPC applications in order to develop new automotive technology and cars.

The automaker is focused on developing new applications and processes for modern automotive production. It is utilising HPC applications for traffic optimisation, shortening design cycles, improving and developing the connected car, and more.

Verne Global is currently the only data centre developer that offers scalable resilience and density for both its solutions: powerADVANCE and powerDIRECT. powerADVANCE is a conventional third-tier data centre solution with the highest specification enterprise-ready data centre environment. powerDIRECT allows IT organisations meet demand for high to ultrahigh density applications.

Harald Berg, head of IT tools, network and data centre in the Volkswagen Group, said: "The hybrid data centre solution of Verne Global gives us quick and easy capacity for our High-Performance Computing applications.

"We were particularly impressed by the modular design of the data centre that allows us to respond to increasing demands in a flexible manner."

Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global, said: "Our expertise delivering data centre solutions for discrete manufacturing allow companies such as those in the automotive sector to do more compute for less. We see our unique offering as the future of data centre solutions and a means to support companies, like Volkswagen, as they drive towards innovation, forward-thinking design and operational efficiency."

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