Continuous development of Data Centre Business
UPM continues to invest in the refurbishment of key brownfield spaces, ready for further data centre companies, and are working with Invest in Kainuu to secure new tenants for their brownfield and greenfield spaces. What sets this site apart from alternative data centre sites in the Nordics is its absolute readiness for business in terms of brownfield space, pre-zoned greenfield land and "green" power. Availability lead times are as low as three months.
Multiple hydro electric and biomass power stations provide a significant supply of environmentally and economically attractive power (120MW on site renewable & 400MW diverse grid connectivity), which is suitable for heavy industrial use and data centres. While the vast majority of data in Finland and the rest of Scandinavia travels through the Helsinki & Espoo exchanges into Russia, there is a diverse route directly between Kajaani and neighbouring Russia. Kajaani, is also ideally placed to take advantage of the Finland-Germany underwater fiber connection and linking to the ROTACS Russian National Fiber Optic Ring that is under development, will further decrease the latency and turn the site into a real hub of global data flows with more than enough capacity.
Global infrastructure today has not been purpose built to support the growth in IT services. The future lies in something more fundamental to the data centre and the application ecosystem itself: automatically transforming today's hardware-centric data centres into software-driven environments where applications and service delivery can be seen, measured and controlled based on workload, for this reason Kainuu has spearheaded the national data centre and digital business cluster, DIGITICE.
Data Centre Ecosystem
Kainuu region has invested heavily in the development of the data centre industry ecosystem through its educational organizations and the Renforsin Ranta business park. The Kajaani ecosystem is attracting both global and national players from a variety of sectors. The regional 'Invest in' team connects with the Finnish National Data Centre and Digital Business Cluster - DIGITICE, and is engaged with stakeholders to continuously develop and provide a more supportive ecosystem for the data centre industry and local businesses towards positioning Kainuu as a real hub of global data flows.
UPM - Renforsin Ranta Business Park
NASDAQ listed. Landlord and energy provider to Data Centre companies and heavy industry - 200 Hectares and 120MW of spade ready/available renewable energy infrastructure.
CSC - IT Center for Science Ltd.
IT Center for Science has formally launched its new data centre in Kajaani, in the former premises of UPMs paper warehouse. It has cost-efficient data centre solution in line with sustainable development.
Herman IT Ltd.
Data Centre service provider in Finland, providing capacity services and collocation service in Renforsin Ranta business park, Kajaani.
Global technology and consultancy. IBM has chosen Kajaani as a prime location to provide their mid-market customers data centre services through Herman IT.
DIGITICE, administered by Kainuun Etu Ltd.
DIGITICE - the Finnish National Data Centre and Digital Business Cluster. A vendor and location neutral IT sector centre of expertise that exists to support the growing number of modern, eco-efficient data centres being built in Finland. The cluster administration team is based in Kajaani and connects with the regional Invest in teams around Finland to support the readiness and preparation of further DC investments.
One of Finland's top energy companies, based in Kajaani. Loiste is wholly owned by the Finnish government - city of Kajaani owns 75.8% of its shares and 24.2% owning by Sotkamo municipality. Loiste has approx. 200,000 customers throughout Finland. The company had a turnover of EUR 147 million and made an operating profit of EUR 19 million in 2012.
Eltel is a leading European provider of technical services for the critical infrastructure networks – Infranets. With close to 9,000 employees in nine countries and net sales of more than €1 billion annually.