Originally published in ficolo.com in 2022.
As 2022 comes to a close, we have a lot to reflect upon. Our team has made incredible achievements this year, bringing our company to new heights. From a new name to a best-selling book to branching out to reach new markets, let’s take a look at the things that made 2022 a year to remember.
1. New Family: Joining Forces with Like-Minded Companies
In 2022, our company joined the Digital 9 Infrastructure (D9) portfolio. Joining forces with D9 and its impressive family of sustainability-focused companies is helping us accelerate our global growth and fuel our progress toward carbon negativity. In fact, the company’s commitment to sustainability is reflected in its name, with “9“ representing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 9 (“SDG9”): “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation.” As the only third-party certified climate neutral, hyperscale-level data center company in the Nordics, Ficolo is a true leader in sustainability, making us an ideal company to support D9’s vision of a climate-resilient, digitally connected world.
2. New Markets: Hello, US Financial Services
This year, we are proud to expand into new markets, including the financial services industry in the U.S. where we have a major win! Having passed a stringent qualification and review, we provided and installed a solution that the customer is very happy with and particularly got great feedback for our flexibility and devotion. Whatever your goal, we have a way of making things simple, helping you to achieve a scalable solution that grows with your company.
3. New Book: We Have an Amazon Best Seller
Earth Day is an important day, but this year it was extra special as we launched Greener Data, our Amazon best-selling book, featuring our very own in-house sustainability champion, Kim Gunnelius, CCO and Co-founder of Verne Global Finland. The multi-author, groundbreaking book features the voices, stories and perspectives of the leaders of the data center and network infrastructure industry. It explores ways to drive real change to make the world a better place and reduce our carbon footprint — industry wide.
4. New Name: Ficolo Is Now Verne Global Finland
Our latest significant news is joining forces with Verne Global. Merging our brands with Verne Global we will bring a wealth of new opportunities to our domestic and global customers — and will accelerate our journey toward our goal of becoming carbon negative.
Both Ficolo and Verne Global are part of the D9 portfolio of critical digital infrastructure assets. Verne Global operates sustainable-powered facilities in Iceland and London. Through this strategic collaboration backed by D9, Ficolo and Verne Global will provide an expanded platform of connectivity across this emerging region. This pivotal partnership is set to provide hyperscalers and enterprises with expanded connectivity and efficient, innovative solutions to drive digital transformation throughout Europe. In addition, the newly expanded Verne Global team will focus on delivering industry-leading customer support. It is also rolling out consistent engineering design best practices to reduce the carbon footprint of customers and to optimize the performance of its operations across all five locations.
While Ficolo is now operating under the Verne Global brand, our customers can rest easy knowing the relationships we have built over the years and our innovative, sustainable service offerings will remain unchanged. In fact, customers now have the opportunity to benefit from a more robust portfolio of colocation and cloud computing solutions and will have access to more Northern European markets.
“This change is more than a new name. It’s an exciting journey for our company,” says Kim Gunnelius. “As we combine our innovative spirit, passion for the environment and data center operational expertise with that of Verne Global, we will continue to strengthen our position as an agent of change across the global digital infrastructure industry, empowering hyperscale growth and moving our sustainability efforts forward to make the world a greener place.”
It’s been a stellar year, and one thing is clear – It would not have been possible without the support of our amazing customers and partners.