DigiPlex is expanding rapidly, and as the new data center is opened, one more data center is under construction next to the now two operative centers in Lillestrøm and another data center at Holtskogen in Indre Østfold municipality, south east of Oslo. Both campuses at Fetsund and Holtskogen have possibilities for further expansion. Construction time for the new centers has been less than a year, despite challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The expansion programme is partly financed through a fully subscribed NOK 655 million bond issue that will be listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange this fall.
“We are seeing increased demand from both our enterprise customers who continue to move their digital infrastructure from on-premise solutions into combinations of colocation and cloud, as well as from the largest IT companies in the world, so-called “hyperscalers”, looking to capitalize on the advantages of placing their data centers in the Nordics. Both the location at Fetsund and at Holtskogen are ideal, as they have ample access to power, are well connected, have expansion possibilities and the closeness to Oslo provide low latency for our customers”, says Wiljar Nesse, CEO of DigiPlex.
After today’s opening of an additional center, and the ongoing construction of a third, DigiPlex is becoming a major investor in the Lillestrøm area. The campus at Fetsund has become a hub for hyperscale activity and a very efficient location for customers with power fibre and core infrastructure embedded in the campus environment.
“It is a pleasure as mayor to see that DigiPlex has chosen to invest further and expand its business in Lillestrøm municipality. It helps to confirm that Lillestrøm is an attractive place for future-oriented industries to establish themselves and that again contributes to new jobs”, says mayor of Lillestrøm municipality Jørgen Vik.
DigiPlex opened the first data center at Fetsund in Lillestrøm in 2015, a 10 MW center covering 4,200 sqm. At the opening, this data center was the largest data center using air-to-air cooling technology in Europe and currently primarily serves TietoEVRY.
The new facility in Lillestrøm employs a very energy efficient indirect evaporative cooling system which is similar in function to systems widely deployed by DigiPlex in Sweden and Norway. The resilient infrastructure of the new data center has inherent redundancy in the power and cooling systems and is engineered such that everything can be maintained or repaired without services downtime. The new facility expands upon the robust physical security infrastructure already in place, increasing the campus capability for surveillance, monitoring and manned guarding.