Lately, I have been contemplating when we should come out of stealth mode, and let the crypto-currency mining community know what GRC is doing to help folks take advantage of this opportunity. GRC has acquired significant experience in the space by deploying our patented liquid immersion cooling technology for a number of Bitcoin miners. GRC’s ability to cool these powerful, heat-generating mining computers at over 100kw per rack proved to be most valuable – especially since our technology is extraordinarily power efficient. After all, low electricity cost is one of the key factors in achieving a profitable mining operation. Upon observing that many people wishing to participate in this gold rush have limited IT and Data Center operations experience, we decided to do something a little different. We have also been building containerized data centers for the Air Force, so we decided to mash together our crypto-currency experience with our containerized datacenter experience and voila – the HashTankTM was launched late this summer. The HashTankTM is, first and foremost, a turn-key Bitcoin mining operation. We deliver to our customers a 40 foot ISO shipping container complete with 432 S9 Antminers, racks, power distribution, and cooling infrastructure. The customer just needs to provide a cement pad upon which we place the HashTankTM, as well as power, water, and internet connections. We’ve also formed a partnership with a power company that can provide low cost power rates.
What’s a CIO to do? Business Unit leaders are notoriously unpredictable in forecasting their demands for new applications and IT support. Yet, it is critical that you respond quickly to these demands so the company can capture the incremental revenue, cost reduction, and/or customer service improvement that justifies the IT investment. In the past, one way of dealing with this challenge was the over-provisioning of datacenters – essentially assuring that there was always capacity on demand.
The Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Edge computing, and increased adoption of High Performance Computing (HPC) in commercial enterprises -- all these trends are putting new pressures on data center operators. To make this tsunami of data useful and actionable requires enormous compute power. And, power is the operative word. In the face of this need for more power, there is also a call for carbon footprint reduction. But, does anyone really care about “greener” data centers? Does anyone care enough to consider, if not revolutionary, than at least alternative, approaches to data center design?