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June 18, 2012

Varaani Works Oy co-operates with The Helsinki Institute of Physics in collaboration with CERN on a GreenIT research project

Varaani Works Oy, a Tampere based technology company and The Helsinki Institute of Physic’s (HIP) in collaboration with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, agreed on a co-operation to work on a research project focusing on green technology.

The GreenIT project has been developing methods to minimize energy consumption and maximize the performance of computing resources.

Finland is participating in CERN collaboration through the Helsinki Institute of Physics, which is a joint research unit between several Universities. As a part of the research goals, the Institute seeks ways to do research and transfer those results to support Finnish innovation industries. The practical way of doing the transfers is to collaborate in applied technology research with Finnish companies. With patents already pending on a unique way of significantly reducing the storage space needed to provide cloud back-up and storage solutions, Varaani was an ideal candidate to collaborate with CERN and HIP.

For CERN, the Varaani technology is an innovative technology use case for their research in optimizing data center energy performance. Tapio Niemi, GreenIT project, Helsinki Institute of Physics, CERN office stated, "For our GreenIT project at CERN, technology transfer and research collaboration with Finnish companies is vital. It is our pleasure and privilege to work with leading high-tech companies, such as Varaani. This way we can focus our research on issues that have commercial importance. Many of the technologies in our research area were first developed for high-energy physics computing. Collaboration with Varaani makes it possible to apply this technology to industrial applications."

Varaani will benefit from CERN’s long term knowledge of data centers and grid computing, as the Varaani innovation uses both central servers and distributed computing. The joint research will focus on how content storage performance and energy saving can be optimized in personal content storage.

"It is always exciting to work with such an esteemed group as CERN. We are proud that they value what we are doing at Varaani, and were willing to work with us in researching Green IT initiatives. Through our joint research we will be able to expand our own knowledge from their vast resources. Our current technology is groundbreaking in data center storage efficiency, but with the research results we'll be able to further optimize our cloud service resource use," stated Kari Hiitola, CTO, Varaani Works Oy.

About The Helsinki Institute of Physics:

The Helsinki Institute of Physics is a physics research institute that is operated jointly by the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, the University of Jyväskylä, the Lappeenranta University of Technology, and the Tampere University of Technology. The research activity at the institute covers an extensive range of subjects in theoretical physics and experimental subatomic physics. The mandate of the institute is to carry out and facilitate research in basic and applied physics as well as in physics research and technology development at international accelerator laboratories. The institute is responsible for the Finnish research collaboration with CERN.

About Varaani:

Varaani Works Oy is a growing company providing a care-free personal cloud storage solution. Varaani was founded in January 2010 and operates in Tampere, Finland. The founders have a strong background in IT and communication technology with several years of experience in international business. Varaani’s mission is to create a leading experience for home and SME business users for keeping their digital content safe and accessible in one place. The core innovation in the on-line backup efficiency ensures large storage capacity with a price tag of a consumer service. On top of the core technology Varaani has built a complete customer offering that creates a seamless combination of content and storage services.