Here is a wacky idea I was thinking of a while back.
Picture this problem…
We’ve got all these data centers consuming all kinds of power, which produces an incredible amount of heat which is then counteracted with air conditioning that consumes an immense amount of electricity and ironically produces more heat.
The big picture here, we’re consuming a heck of a lot of energy. How can we change this?
First, here are some requirements of a data center.
- electricity, and lots of it
- internet connectivity, and this better be redundant and incredible bandwidth
- cooling, cause all that technology produces lots of heat
- easy access. because you know that hardware has a tendency to fail, and needs to be repaired or replaced
Get ready for it… it’s wacky.
Picture this, flying data centers!!. Not just hovering above ground, but far in the sky. Crazy I know… but hear me out.
First, how does one float a data center. Well… with hot air balloons! <snicker /> We’ve got all these machines pumping out serious amounts of heat, why not funnel all that into hot air balloons.
Next, how do we get power up to this floating data center. Well, I’m sure we could put all kinds of solar panels up there where the sun will shine. Remember, we’re floating so we could simply follow the sun and get perpetual solar energy.
Internet will be some seriously cool and powerful laser beams (yep, fricken laser beams!) and satellite and microwave towers to boot! By now there are hundreds of communication satellites up there. That’s redundancy isn’t it? And I’m sure we could solve the bandwidth problem.
Cooling will be taken care of by mother nature. Not sure how many of you have been outside at 20,000 feet, but it’s a little chilly. If we need to get cooler, let’s just increase our altitude… or maybe hang around northern Canada or something.
Wait a minute! What about easy access?
I’m glad you asked. We’ll have transporters of course! Just like the ones from Star Trek.
Man, this is BRILLIANT!
[UPDATE: No, I'm not completely crazy, just adventurous]