When we talk about a container-based data center in Norway’s Lefdal mine, we’re not talking about programming containers or virtual machines. No, we’re talking about 40-ft. Container Data Centers from Rittal that are filling the void left in the Lefdal mine. It was the largest olivine mine in the world, but it’s no longer active, at least as a mine.
The Lefdal Mine Datacenter (LMD) is a 120,000-m² site in Måløy on the Norwegian West Coast. Initially, it was set up for 300 containers and up to 45 MW of cooling output. The overall system may have up to 1,500 containers with a cooling output of up to 200 MW. IBM, Rittal, and Lefdal are partners in the project designed to provide an efficient, secure, cloud environment that’s extensible by adding more container-based compute, storage, and cooling systems.
LMD only uses renewable energy sources; it’s cooled by water from a nearby fjord. This approach reduces energy costs in addition to providing cost savings of up to 40% compared to a conventional cloud data center. The low-energy costs allow the overall system to achieve a PUE (power usage effectiveness) below 1.15.
Its makeup makes it a secure location as well as providing a cool and dry place for containers like Rittal’s RiMatrix S Standard Container.