Icelandic company claims 100% carbon neutral storage

Taking on Amazon the green way

Icelandic hosting company GreenQloud has launched what it claims is the world's first carbon-neutral cloud service. The company has teamed up with object-based cloud storage company Scality to launch the service, projected to be available early next year.

The cloud offering is entirely powered by renewable geothermal and hydropower energy to ensure that it was wholly carbon neutral and will appeal to many customers who are interested in being very environmentally conscious, said Eirkur Hrafnsson, GreenQloud's CEO and co-founder. "It's becoming important for IT to go on a sustainable path."

"We're lining up beta users right now," said Hrafnsson, "we already have a range of customers interested in the service. We're also talking to a number of potential partners ranging from high-performance computing suppliers to working with companies who do off-site backups. And from the consumer point of view, we're also talking to network drive providers."

He said that the service would be aimed at a variety of customers. "It will be aimed at businesses and for consumers, we're building a web interface on top of it."

The service will be compatible with the cloud service offered by Amazon said Hrafnsson. "We're going to be providing a real alternative to Amazon - we offer the same APIs as Amazon, so people can work with us easily. And we will be price competitive with Amazon and our location makes our S3 service cheaper for those who want to serve both Europe and North America because you only need one location/region for both."

Hrafnsson said that being based in Iceland away from the European mainstream had not harmed the company. "There's plenty of interest in us. We're have multi-terabit links to Denmark, England and Canada so speed of connection is not a problem."

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags storageenvironmentgreen ITGreen data centerGreenQloud

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Maxwell Cooter

Techworld
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?