Nautilus Data Technologies Proves Data Centers Do Not Have to Waste Drinking Water and Energy

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Stockton, CA: Nautilus Data Technologies, Inc. (“Nautilus”) commissioned its first high-performance, water-cooled data center at the Port of Stockton in California, proving its patented TRUE™ cooling system delivers all the benefits of emerging computing innovations without wasting water and energy. Typical data centers guzzle local drinking water to keep systems cool. By one estimate, traditional evaporative air-cooling annually consumes up to eight million gallons of water for each megawatt (MW) of energy needed to run the facility. Silicon Valley alone is home to 411 MWs of data center capacity – with those estimates, it would be more than three billion gallons of water wasted in one of the most drought-stricken areas of the country.

Nautilus’ Stockton Data Center is the only high-performance data center with a zero-impact cooling system. The data center operates at the highest level of energy efficiency, with no water consumption, no refrigerants, no water treatment chemicals, no wastewater, and no harm to wildlife.

 “I’m very pleased that Nautilus has recognized the untapped potential and resources in our region and that they chose the Port of Stockton for the site of its new data center,” said Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09). “Nautilus’ sustainable digital infrastructure is yet another example of the innovation taking place right here in Stockton, and I hope more companies will see the benefits of investing in our community and region.”

Sustainable Water-Cooling Opens the Door for Valuable AI and Machine Learning Applications

Nautilus Data Technologies’ water cooling allows high-density computing at more than 100kW a rack, opening the door to wide-scale availability of more powerful high-performance computing applications using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. These applications support innovations such as remote education, telemedicine, telework, smart city, smart grid, smart transportation, and manufacturing efficiency that delivers increasing value to society and enables greater productivity and sustainability.

Nautilus is driving sustainability on market terms. With first-in-class power usage effectiveness (PUE) and high-density cooling, customers can future proof their increasing needs for higher performance. Simultaneously, they save money on their metered energy costs and advance their ESG objectives such as reducing carbon emissions, air pollution, and water consumption. These triple bottom line outcomes are what is embodied in TRUE™ — ”Total Resource Usage Effectiveness.”

“The rapidly growing data center sector is just as rapidly on the way to becoming utterly unsustainable,” said James Connaughton, CEO of Nautilus. “Nautilus can reverse that. Our goal is to transform the data center sector into one that is higher performing, dramatically more sustainable, and more rapidly and equitably able to serve communities, government, and businesses globally. We want to make this technology as widely available as possible to sustainably as possible help close the digital divide and enhance the lives of people around the world.”

Nautilus’ Stockton Data Center Meets the Most Stringent Environmental Requirements in the World

Nautilus is proud to have demonstrated that its technology can achieve the highest standards of environmental performance required by the US government and the State of California.  The Nautilus team worked collaboratively with federal, state, and local professionals responsible for environmental stewardship to secure all regulatory approvals, including:

  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) (160-page analysis finding no significant adverse impact to the environment)

  • US National Marine Fisheries Service (endangered species protection)

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service (endangered species protection)

  • US Army Corps of Engineers (wetlands protections)

  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife (state species protection)

  • California State Lands Commission (public trust and natural resource protection)

  • California Regional Water Quality Control Board (water quality protection)

  • California Air Quality Management District (air quality protection)

The Stockton Data Center is Open for Business

Nautilus commissioned Stockton 1 as a high-density data center with a cooling system that is 70% more efficient, cutting net power consumption by 30%. The data center supports 7MW of critical IT load in four vaults. The campus is located within the Port of Stockton, a Tier 1 Homeland Security Port, offering enhanced security, and is located outside of seismic zones and floodplains. The data center is carrier-neutral and connected to an 18 mile, 288-strand redundant fiber ring that links to the local carrier hotel, providing direct connectivity to all cloud and communication providers.

“We are really excited about the possibilities that Nautilus will bring to Stockton and San Joaquin County,” said Bob Gutierrez, Interim President and CEO of San Joaquin Partnership, “Since its arrival, we have received numerous inquiries about their services, and it has acted as a proof of concept for other technology innovators to come to San Joaquin. This project certainly puts us in a competitive position as technology companies seek competitive, innovative green solutions to their growing demand.”

Nautilus’ Stockton Data Center is operational and available for virtual or in-person tours. Learn more here: https://nautilusdt.com

Contact: Ashley Sturm

Phone: (636)887-5628
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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 C3.ai, 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.