Development of Kainuu Data Center Ecosystem
CSC aims to significantly strengthen Finland's position and especially the role of the Kainuu region in the European and global high-performance computing (HPC) ecosystem. One of the EuroHPC supercomputers, LUMI is located in CSC's data center in the City of Kajaani. LUMI will open a unique opportunity for Kainuu to develop its expertise and operations to an international level in AI, HPC and data center services.
CSC’s data centers are located in Renforsin Ranta business area in Kajaani. The conditions to develop and expand the area further as a data center location are excellent. The area offers thousands of square meters of free space, low-cost and reliable green power and excellent connectivity to Europe. In addition, CSC has a proven track record in planning, implementing and maintaining big data centers in Kajaani.
To develop the Kainuu data center ecosystem to a new, improved level, CSC has established a new operational unit in Kajaani in September 2020, which will use CSC´s networks and connections to actively recognize companies and organizations that could be interested in locating their activities in Renforsin Ranta business area in Kajaani. To support this work, two regional projects will start with the co-funding from the Regional Council of Kainuu and the City of Kajaani.
The main goal of the projects is to strengthen the data center ecosystem in Kainuu by attracting new companies and investments to the Kainuu region. In practice, this means that new data center customers and data center service users are approached as main targets. During the projects, a model for a customer solution process will be created and ecosystem customerships will be processed utilising the process model with local partners. In parallel to the data center location and service sales, the projects put a strong emphasis on developing the cooperation with local education and research organizations, companies and authorities.
CSC is responsible for the execution of the projects with a significant self-financing share.