World’s First Waterborne Data Center Solution

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Nautilus Data Technologies is making history. The California-based company recently became the first in the world to successfully launch a waterborne data center prototype—charting a new course for future data management. The Nautilus Data Technologies data center solution incorporates advanced maritime technology with patent pending infrastructure systems and predictive software controls to create a revolutionary floating data center system— one that significantly lowers cost, increases rack density, improves energy efficiency, and eliminates water consumption, while also providing rapid scalability and global mobility.

Nautilus’ approach reflects the experience and vision of founder, Arnold Magcale, a U.S. Navy Special Forces veteran and early pioneer of Silicon Valley data centers. Magcale combined military security knowledge and maritime electronics expertise with decades of data center technology leadership, to re-imagine data center infrastructure from the ground up—creating the most significant data center industry advancement in decades.

“With the explosion of big data, it became increasingly clear that the traditional data center model was unsustainable— an outdated archetype that wastes massive amounts of energy and water at an unacceptable rate,” said Arnold Magcale, Nautilus Data Technologies Founder and CTO. “Nautilus Data Technologies is transforming the data center industry— providing a waterborne solution that dramatically reduces energy use and carbon emissions while eliminating all water consumption. It’s a model of efficiency—the model for the future.”

Nautilus Data Technologies is currently constructing its first commercial production facility at a Northern California Naval Shipyard. The commercial vessel is based on the company’s original proof-of-concept prototype, successfully validated in 2015 in association with Applied Materials and the U.S. Navy. The facility is being built on a military-grade, Coast Guard approved barge, and will be securely docked at a well-protected Northern California port.

Nautilus Data Technologies has a dozen pending patents, with its cooling technology among the more striking innovations. The technology leverages the natural body of water below the barge to cool the facility, safely re-circulating all of the water back where it originated. No chemicals are used during the process, ensuring the system provides a sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional land-based facilities.

“Nautilus Data Technologies is transforming the data center industry—providing a waterborne solution that dramatically reduces energy use and carbon emissions while eliminating all water consumption. It’s a model of efficiency—the model for the future”

The modular marine-based design is highly responsive to evolving market demands, and can easily be docked in emerging market locations wanting access to modern IT services—further helping to democratize information. The waterborne structure can also be built in half the time it takes to construct a land-based facility, allowing greater flexibility and rapid global deployment.

Nautilus Data Centers will provide hosting and colocation services in a multi-tenant environment with a standard configuration of up to 800 server racks, as well as custom-built data center vessels for dedicated customers and uses. The company’s advanced cooling systems will also be able to handle high-density and high performance computing requirements. Nautilus has broken the 30 kW per rack barrier and can scale environments up to 75 kW per rack, and potentially higher.

The Nautilus’s Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution employs artificial intelligence for automated, lights out operation, further enhancing the productivity of operations and power management. A predictive DCIM will monitor the operations to dynamically control the data center’s humidity, temperature, and rack levels, without any human intervention, and provide customers detailed access to the operational status of their systems.

The company’s first commercial vessel will be commissioned in the summer of 2016 and Nautilus is currently signing customers who want to be on board for the historic launch. Additional vessels are in the production pipeline for 2017 and beyond. At Nautilus Data Technologies, it’s full speed ahead.

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Chad Romine

Chad Romine has over two decades of experience in technical and strategic business development. As Vice President of Business Development for Nautilus Data Technologies, Mr. Romine brings global connectivity to some of the most prominent global influencers in technology. Mr. Romine has led startups and under-performing companies to successful maturity built largely upon solid partnerships. Proven results in negotiating mutually beneficial strategic alliances and joint ventures. Outside of work, Chad has invested time fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Mr. Romine recently helped secure funding and led marketing for the completion of a new private University.

Ashley Sturm

Ashley Sturm is a marketing and strategy leader with more than 15 years of experience developing strategic marketing initiatives to increase brand affinity, shape the customer experience, and grow market share. As the Vice President of Marketing at Nautilus Data Technologies, Ashley is responsible for all global marketing initiatives; she integrates the corporate strategy, marketing, branding, and customer experience to best serve clients and produce real business results. Before joining Nautilus Data Technologies, she served as the Senior Director of Marketing Brand and Content for NTT Global Data Centers Americas, spearheading marketing efforts to open two out of six data center campuses. Prior to NTT, Ashley led global marketing through the startup of Vertiv’s Global Data Center Solutions business unit, where she developed the unit’s foundational messaging and established global and regional marketing teams. Ashley’s career experience includes extensive work with the US Navy through the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness as well as broadcast journalism. Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with an emphasis in converged media from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

Paul Royere

Paul Royere is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Nautilus Data Technologies. For more than twenty years, he has specialized in finance and administration leadership for emerging technology companies, guiding them through high growth commercialization. In addition to senior team roles guiding strategic business operations, Mr. Royere has directed cross-functional teams in implementing business support systems, designing and measuring business plan performance, leading pre/post-merger activities, and delivering requisite corporate, tax and audit compliance.

While at 365 Data Centers, Mr. Royere served as Vice President of Finance leading a multi-discipline restructuring in preparation for the successful sale of seventeen data centers. As Vice President and Corporate Controller at Reliance Globalcom, Royere led the finance and business support teams to and through the conversion from a privately held company to a subsidiary of an international public conglomerate.

Arnold Magcale

Arnold Magcale is founder and Chief Technology Officer of Nautilus Data Technologies. As a recognized leader and respected visionary in the technology industry, he specializes in data center infrastructure, high-availability networks, cloud design, and Software as a Service (SaaS) Technology.

While serving on the management team of Exodus Communications, he launched one of Silicon Valley’s first data centers. Mr. Magcale’s background includes executive positions at Motorola Mobility, where his team deployed the first global Droid devices, and LinkSource Technologies and The Quantum Capital Fund, serving as Chief Technology Officer. He was an early adopter and implementer of Cloud Computing and a member of the team at Danger, Inc., acquired by Microsoft.

Mr. Magcale had a distinguished ten year career in the United States Navy Special Forces. His military and maritime expertise provided the foundation for inventing the world’s first commercial waterborne data center.

Patrick Quirk

Patrick Quirk is a business and technology executive who specializes in operations management, strategic partnerships, and technology leadership in data center, telecommunications, software, and semiconductor markets. Prior to joining Nautilus, he spent the past year working with small businesses and non-profits on survival and growth strategies in addition to PE advisory roles for critical infrastructure acquisitions. Quirk was the President of Avocent Corp, a subsidiary of Vertiv, the Vice President and General Manager for the IT Systems business, and the VP/GM of Converged Systems at Emerson Network Power, providing data center management infrastructure for data center IT, power, and thermal management products. He has held numerous global leadership roles in startups and large multinational companies including LSI and Motorola in the networking and semiconductor markets.

Rob Pfleging

Most recently, Rob was the Senior Vice President of Global Solutions at Vertiv Co, formerly Emerson Network Power. Vertiv Co is an international company that designs, develops and maintains critical infrastructures that run vital applications in data centers, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities. Rob was responsible for the global solutions line of business at ​​Vertiv, which serves the Americas, Europe and Asia. Prior to Vertiv, Rob was the Vice President of Expansion and Innovation, Datacenter Engineering at CenturyLink, where he was responsible for 55 datacenters across North America, Europe and Asia. Before working for CenturyLink, Rob was the Executive Director of Computer/Data Center Operations at Mercy, where he led datacenter engineering and operations, desktop field services, call center services, and asset management and logistics for more than 40 hospitals. Before fulfilling this mission at Mercy, Rob held various engineering management and sales positions at Schneider Electric. Rob Pfleging additionally served for 6 years in the United States Marine Corps.

James Connaughton

James Connaughton is a globally distinguished energy, environment, technology expert, as both corporate leader and White House policymaker. Mr. Connaughton is the CEO of Nautilus Data Technologies, a high-performance, ultra-efficient, and sustainable data center infrastructure company powered by its proprietary water-cooling system. Before joining Nautilus Data Technologies, he served as Executive Vice President of, a leading enterprise AI software provider for accelerating digital transformation.

From 2009-2013, Mr. Connaughton was Executive Vice President and a member of the Management Committee of Exelon and Constellation Energy, two of America’s cleanest, competitive suppliers of electricity, natural gas, and energy services. In 2001, Mr. Connaughton was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate to serve as Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. He served as President George W. Bush’s senior advisor on energy, environment, and natural resources, and as Director of the White House Office of Environmental Policy. During his eight-year service, Mr. Connaughton worked closely with the President, the Cabinet, and the Congress to develop and implement energy, environment, natural resource, and climate change policies. An avid ocean conservationist, Mr. Connaughton helped establish four of the largest and most ecologically diverse marine resource conservation areas in the world.

Mr. Connaughton is a member of the Advisory Board of the ClearPath Foundation and serves as an Advisor to X (Google’s Moonshot Factory) and Shine Technologies, a medical and commercial isotope company. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Resources for the Future and a member of the Advisory Boards at Yale’s Center on Environmental Law and Policy and Columbia’s Global Center on Energy Policy.