Aug 8, 2023
The New Modular Data Center by Redivider w/ Tom Frazier
BRT S04 EP31 (194) 8-6-2023
What We Learned This Week
· Redivider Data centers are smaller modular size like a shipping container vs a standard data center which could be a huge warehouse
The new data centers are mobile, eco friendly, carbon neutral, plus allow for both scale & cost savings
· Technology will be used to help the growth of the smart city or cloud and edge computing services
· The growing use of AI programs like ChatGPT impacts the water supply as the needed cooling for data centers is massive, and not sustainable long term
· Re-divider: Focus on The Three P’s, People, Planet, Profit
Guest: Tom Frazier - Co-Founder & CEO
Tom Frazier, the co-founder and CEO of Redivider, boasts an impressive 25-year career, driving transformational and disruptive initiatives in future tech, B2B, and public sectors. Committed to prioritizing people, planet, and profits, Tom is devoted to spearheading innovation in the digital economy.
Redivider Data Centers are smaller in module, size of a shipping container versus a standard data center which could be a huge warehouse
Technology will be used to help the growth of the smart city or cloud an edge computing services
The growing use of AI programs like ChatGPT impacts the water supply as the needed cooling for data centers is massive, 5 mil gallons of water are used per day, and 40% of that water is lost due to evaporation
Social impact of data centers in the tech industry, being outsourced by corporations to other corporations
The data center industry is enormous. The enterprise part of the business uses very large facilities, thank warehouse size. The data industry started in the 1970s, and by the 1980s it was growing fast.
Currently it is 3 to 5% of the worlds power consumption. 90% of the historical data was created in the past three years. It will be five times that size in the next five years.
Current capacity cannot keep up. The solution by re-divider is to make smaller modular facilities. This would be the size of a shipping container and could be delivered to a site.
You will have the ability to get online and up and running faster.
This also tackles the second issue of data centers which is what is the sustainability and environmental impact over the long term.
Large data centers use 200 to 300 MW power first one Mac a lot for a small re-divider facility. Also it is not tied to the powered grid, which is dated, complex, and hard to fix.
There is a high legacy cost in the current data centers. I’ll re-divider would need is on site power. The components are modular so you can increase size if needed. Re-divider builds and a prefab set up.
The traditional data factory would be a two-year construction project with lots of planning. Prefab David data center plus prefab power could be installed in 30 days.
Facilities are pushed strategically around the country. This is to enhance speed and performance. You need your computing power closer. Examples would be edge programs for the cloud.
Re-divider would allow your data center to be right on site.
Tom’s bio, he worked in university in mid 90s. Then he worked in security to find vulnerabilities in data centers.
Redivider allows more work from home and the need for data flexibility. Since the pandemic and people working from home there has been a volume of data shift it’s not just during the day anymore, it’s when needed. Data management is the next layer of the Internet.
There is huge global demand and need new solutions to satisfy this demand. Problem, power for the current data center comes from the grid with maybe 1 to 2% renewable energy.
Corporations will need to do two things going forward. Number one, high transparency and carbon use in accounting. Number two cleaner tech from the start, natural gas hydrogen or batteries.
UPS or uninterrupted power is what most companies need. There is a need to adjust strategies and control your ecosystem better.
Regarding current eco-friendly power sources, solar panels are not practical as you would need too many. Wind is OK but you must be near a wind power source. Another possibility is hydrogen.
2016 yard 286 MW being used. By 2030 it will be one terawatt.
Can the grid operators keep up?
Re-divider is trying to solve the problem for the enterprise customer. You have companies now that need so much data, hyper scholars.
need more cloud data centers. Social media and big companies like Facebook or
TikTok have huge demand and still growing.
Re-divider was started in 2021 with a focus on people in the environment. What are the needs of humanity and the corporate directives.
Tom’s partner Eric, had a history of working in the supply chain. Re-divider works with contractors to build the modular data centers.
They also work with a partnership with NZ around who create software platform for carbon accounting.
Enterprise IT currently has a very large carbon footprint. It is actually two times the size versa data center. How to think about sustainability and accountability of corporate data use.
The goal with re-divider is to be cost neutral on carbon with added benefit of strategic alignment. Re-divider gives more data capacity and also keeps projects and skills moving.
Corporations in the future will align incentives and costs. There are many companies investing in AI and will need more data and computing capacity going forward.
Also you see an IOT or Internet of things more and more sensors and small chips in products. Manufacturing multiple tech products and adding tech sensors into things like radios, TVs, cars.
Smart cities use sensors all around the city to collect data. There’s always governance and legal concerns. The idea of smart cities is to map out the city better, traffic flow, to then grow the city appropriately.
Opportunity of re-divider to help with the sustainability of technology companies. Current data centers are allowed and physically placed outside cities and away from people.
There is high noise pollution with the data center as well as the previous cooling and carbon issues discussed.
Re-divide our uses immersion cooling inside their data centers. Put the technology in fluid that conducts heat better, move called air in the computer and hot air at out. In a traditional data center you need huge air conditioners to call the hot air and move the air.
Redivide early could use data centers with other buildings and literally build underground. You could have prime on site data computing with low to no emissions.
There are no fans in a re-divider unit. The die electric fluid used where a rack of computer equipment is literally put in the fluid.
This gives a chance for more economic growth, especially if you build these data centers in opportunity zones. Many opportunity zones are having issues, the so-called food desert where there are no supermarkets there.
Potential to help the environment as well as the neighborhood. Re-dividers data centers could be installed in any environment, have high portability in last nights pollution.
Microsoft I actually pioneered the field of dielectric fluid by testing a capsule in the ocean. High cost initially but now the cost of come down substantially.
Another use of bitcoin mining. Currently consumes a lot of power but the articles are a bit misleading on bitcoin.
Bitcoin mining is actually a fraction of the data center power. As the expression goes it’s just the canary in the coal mine. Future of crypto mining could change with redivide our data centers.
Re-divider, focus on people in the planet. The Three P’s, people planet profit.
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