Paris-based bank BNP Paribas is relocating some of its IT infrastructure to atNorth’s Stockholm, Sweden, colocation facility.
The latest migration to atNorth is part of BNP Paribas’ program to expand its use of high-performance computing (HPC).
The company first began relocating to atNorth’s Nordic data centers in 2018, when BNP relocated to the Iceland site giving them a 30 percent increase in capacity, reducing energy consumption by 50 percent, and decreasing carbon emissions by 85 percent.
“atNorth has been instrumental in helping BNP Paribas ensure our IT operations are as sustainable and carbon neutral as possible, which is an initiative close to the core of our business at the moment,” stated Alexis Carrion, CIB global head of data centers at BNP Paribas.
“We have seen great results from migrating IT workloads to atNorth’s data center site in Iceland five years ago. As we look to increase our grid computing capacity, the atNorth site is the obvious solution in meeting both demand as well as our guiding principles for sustainability and efficiency.”
atNorth prioritizes sustainability in its data centers. The Sweden facility is built for heat recovery, capturing the heat of up to 85 percent of the electricity used in the center and distributing it to the central district heating system. Its first hall has a capacity of 1.5MW, but at full buildout, the data center will be able to provide over 11MW of capacity and will span 6,400 sqm (68,900 sqm).
The Sweden data center was also selected by Proptivity in December 2022 to host the company’s IT infrastructure.
"BNP Paribas has been an early mover in its ambition to put sustainability and carbon neutrality at the forefront of its business and we are excited to help the team expand their operations to the atNorth site in Stockholm,” said Gisli Kr., CSO atNorth.
“Sweden’s climate and renewable energy resources, combined with atNorth’s innovative cooling and large-scale reuse of heat is now attracting European companies who want to reduce their CO2 footprint. BNP Paribas has proven to be an organization that is truly paving the way for business today, demonstrating the critical role that global leaders can play in creating a more sustainable future as we continue to fuel a digitally data-hungry world.”
atNorth is a Pan-Nordic data center provider offering colocation and HPC services. The company currently owns seven data centers: three in Iceland, three in Finland, and one in Sweden.