Nautilus has completed its first floating data centre
Nautilus Data Technologies is a California based company specializing in the production of floating data centres. The company prides itself on creating the world’s most innovative water cooled data centres. Nautilus is bringing groundbreaking technology to the worlds of data centres and is aiding the digital transformation of the entire industry.
It was recently announced that the company has inked a massive $100 million capital partnership with Onion Energy. The deal has commissioned a 6MW colocation data centre in Stockton. Nautilus’ Chief Executive Officer James L. Connaughton gave his insights on the groundbreaking deal: “Orion Energy is providing Nautilus with flexible capital to complete the commissioning of our Stockton I data centre, strategically located in Northern California at the Port of Stockton,” “This capital will allow Nautilus to showcase and then rapidly expand our transformative approach to meeting the urgent business and community demand for higher performing and more sustainable data centre solutions.”
Nautilus’ innovative floating data centre utilises its own water cooling technology system and utilises 125 tons of steel and pumps through around 4,500 gallons of water each minute to cool the data centre down.
Lind Marine, the construction company in charge of maintaining and improving the vessel for the data centre, has installed over 3,800ft of fused high density polyethylene to prevent harmful chemicals spilling into and toxifying the water.
The innovative method of cooling allows up to five times more power density per rack and has a smaller footprint than Nautilus; competitors. Unlike anything that has been seen in modern data centres.
The main reason the innovative data centre has been built on water is due to the company wanting to utilise a natural water source to reduce the cost of cooling servers. Ultimately reducing overheads and increasing profit for the data centre giant.
What is a data centre?
In short, a data centre is a building, or indeed a dedicated space within a building or a group of buildings which is used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. Data centres come in all sizes and are adapted for all uses. Data centres tend to cost a lot to maintain hence Nautilus' innovative idea to build them using water is going to transform the industry for the greater good.
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base.
Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year.
"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China.
"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added.
What does the NKG1 data centre include?
According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.
During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said.
The launch of NKG2
Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.