|Founded||Reykjavík, Iceland (2010 )|
|Founder(s)||Eirikur Sveinn Hrafnsson
Tryggvi Larusson 
|Key people||Eirikur Hrafnsson
|Employees||< 20 |
|Divisions||Cloud Software, Cloud Hosting|
GreenQloud is a cloud computing services company with headquarters in Iceland, offering green cloud computing services powered by 100% renewable energy resources. GreenQloud's services include carbon neutral cloud server hosting, online storage, backup and cloud based computing and High performance computing services to companies, National Research and Education Networks (NRENS) and consumers. GreenQloud is also called an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) company.
Founded in 2010, the company exclusively sells cloud computing services, such as web hosting and data storage, known commonly as infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), powered by data centers using 100% renewable energy in Iceland. Most hosting companies buy carbon offset credits as a green marketing measure, and host data at multiple data centers on different continents as the solution for international sites. Greenqloud and other Icelandic web hosting companies differ from competitors in North America and Europe in that its data centers are powered exclusively by hydropower and geothermal energy; this is possible because of Iceland's energy infrastructure. Iceland's geographical location offers two additional ecological advantages: (1) year-round cold climate in the Arctic Circle offers natural cooling, (2) its mid-Atlantic location eliminates the need for data mirrors on both continents, eliminating the use of multiple data centers and the associated energy consumption.
Iceland began developing its data hosting industry in the late 2000s, addressing the rapid growth of carbon emissions from data centers worldwide. The same year, the first zero-emission wholesale data center was installed in the former NATO base in Keflavik by a Washington D.C. based startup, followed by at least 2 other data centers in and around Reykjavik. The development of wholesale data centers in Iceland made development of the consumer service vendors possible.
The late development of Iceland's relatively small data hosting industry also makes it possible for the country to be innovative and discerning in its information technology policies.[neutrality is disputed] In 2010, the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative was passed. Iceland has gained a reputation of not only being an ecological data hosting hub, but also a harbour from government and cultural censorship in developed as well as developing nations.
News coverage of GreenQloud 
- Bæði grænni og mun ódýrari via Morganblaðið 15 October 2012
- My Favorite Demo 2012 Apps and Sites by Michael J. Miller via PC Magazine 5 October 2012
- GreenQloud goes public with its renewable energy cloud service via The GreenIT Review 4 October 2012
- GreenQloud on stage at DEMOfall 2012
- From Iceland with green via VentureBeat 2 October 2012
- GreenQloud Launches Renewable Powered IaaS at DEMOfall 2012 via Marketwire 2 October 2012
- GreenQloud at PopTech Reykjavik June 2012
See also 
- Icelandic Modern Media Initiative
- Ecodissident Hosting
- Telecommunications in Iceland
- Ásbrú (formerly Naval Air Station Keflavik)
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- Hemsoth, Nicole (2010.08.17). "Behind Iceland’s Green Cloud". HPC in the Cloud. Tabor Communications, Inc. Retrieved 2011-09-08. "[I]n a nutshell we have equal status with EU laws now and are about to get even better data protection laws for our clients (http://immi.is). Iceland has a lower risk index then the US and the UK."