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Verne Global Named 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate for Sustainable Innovation

Icelandic data center recognized for being among the best and brightest in green IT implementation

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KEFLAVIK, Iceland, March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Verne Global, an innovative, UK-based developer of energy efficient data center campuses, has been selected as a 2013 IDG Computerworld Honors Program Laureate for implementing major IT sustainability initiatives. With the industry's first dual-sourced, 100% renewably powered data center, Verne Global is honored for reducing energy consumption in IT equipment and using green technology to conserve energy and lower carbon emissions.

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With the exponential rise in compute demand, coupled with the instability in pricing of carbon-based fuel sources, Verne Global has built an environmentally friendly, competitively priced, data center campus that harnesses only renewable resources. Located on a former NATO site in Iceland, Verne Global's customers are able to take advantage of a fundamentally new approach in the data center market, in which clients achieve economic savings while minimizing environmental impact.  

"The data center industry is currently dealing with the rising and unpredictable cost of power coupled with concerns over carbon emissions. Verne recognized this challenge and has developed a unique solution that benefits both the industry and data center customers," said Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global. "Verne is tapping into the advanced, renewable power grid in Iceland, allowing us to implement a flexible solution that answers the need for both energy efficiency and cost management. We would like to thank Computerworld for honoring our work in this endeavour."

Located in one of the only places where a data center can draw on two sources of renewable power – geothermal and hydroelectric – Verne Global is focusing on using this available energy in the most efficient way possible. As a result, the campus is one of the first to offer a green solution without adding a premium to power pricing. This allows business leaders to take comfort in knowing that power costs can be reduced by more than 60% with the added advantage of long term visibility to those costs.

"Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements," said John Amato, vice president & publisher, Computerworld. "Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations' ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper."

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C. Winners will appear in the June issue of Computerworld and online at Computerworld.com.

About Verne Global
Verne Global is developing the data centre industry's first carbon neutral data centre campus. Verne's mission is to develop data centres in optimised geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium. Currently in the first stage of development, Verne Global is constructing a 44 acre campus on the former NATO Command Centre in Keflavik, Iceland.  With Iceland's favourable natural attributes and renewable energy resources, Verne Global can save customers as much as $100 million in ten years on energy costs alone. For more information, please visit http://verneglobal.com

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld's award-winning website (http://www.computerworld.com/), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world's largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world's leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at http://www.idgenterprise.com/.

About The Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website http://events.computerworld.com/2013Honors.

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