International Data Security (IDS) is building data centers on decommissioned cargo ships, and it is marketing its green advantages to the data recovery market.
Shipboard cargo spaces will be built out as data center floors and deck space will be used to stack modular data centers in standard shipping containers. The ships will connect to onshore power and network links, fuel backup power generators with biodiesel and reuse equipment waste heat to manage onboard temperatures.
Using sea water as a coolant and with portable data centers from Sun Microsystems and Rackable, IDS does have an environmentally-friendly solution.
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