Nautilus Brings Floating Data Centers to Two New Locations • The Register

A company that builds floating, sustainable data centers has signed leases for two new 7.5-megawatt plants, one in Marseille, France and one in Los Angeles, California.

Nautilus Data Technologies claims to be able to build and commission data centers within 12 months of its design and has facilities already operational on barges moored in rivers or ports.

According to the company, both new locations offer advantages for locating data center facilities, including access to major telecommunications hubs, a robust power grid and a temperate climate. The Los Angeles location is designed to provide customers with direct access to the One Wilshire campus, a terminus for multiple international fiber optic connections, making it a major communications hub in the Pacific Rim.

Meanwhile, the Marseille facility will be less than 3 km (1.8 miles) from the nearest cable landing station and close to other key access points, with Marseille also being a transatlantic gateway point connecting Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the USA connects Asia.

Hervé Martel, chief executive officer of the Port of Marseille Authority, said that as France’s second largest data center market, the city wanted a new bit barn with sustainable credentials.

“We wanted to create a data center that really considers its impact on the community. A data center that doesn’t waste our resources and runs on less electricity,” he said in a statement.

A key part of the company’s data center architecture is the cooling system, which uses a combination of closed-loop and ambient water to keep the IT infrastructure running within acceptable limits. This system reportedly uses no water and uses 30 percent less electricity than alternatives.

The internal closed circuit can use immersion, direct-to-chip, overhead coil, or rear-door-exchange cooling systems, with the coolant circulating through a heat exchanger. The open-loop portion of the system takes water from a lake, river or ocean and filters it before passing it through the heat exchanger and returning it to the source with minimal temperature rise, Nautilus claims.

Nautilus CEO Rob Pfleging believes the two new locations reinforce the company’s commitment to setting higher standards for performance, efficiency, sustainability and global scalability.

“Our primary concern is speed to market while reducing environmental impact,” he asserted.

At each facility, customers can implement tailored solutions within the design and have the option to choose between hot aisle containment, back door cooling, immersion or direct-to-chip liquid cooling within the data hall itself, he added.

One company that has used Nautilus’ facilities is cloud storage company BackBlaze, which announced in September that it had contracted 1 MW of the 7 MW total available capacity at the Nautilus Stockton Datacenter on the San Joaquin River .

Nautilus claimed that its water-cooling technology was able to keep the Stockton facility at an average temperature of 82.9°F (28°C) during this year’s California heatwave, when outside temperatures were 46°C (115°F). ) reached. ®

https://www.theregister.com/2022/12/07/nautilus_to_bring_floating_datacenters/ Nautilus Brings Floating Data Centers to Two New Locations • The Register

Rick Schindler

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