By Ash Gupta
Managing Partner, Galaxy Capital Partners

Ask most people what a data center looks like and they’ll
probably describe something out of a sci fi movie they saw –– a massive
infrastructure located underground with huge rooms of supercomputers and
interconnected racks of servers, lights ominously blinking as they silently process
data and power futuristic experiments.

These data centers
may be impressive on the big screen, but in reality data centers like these
have become dinosaurs in today’s world –– running 24/7 x 365 with energy-guzzling
power systems, redundant network connections, inefficient cooling
systems, and non-compliant security.

What Happened?

Between 2005 and 2015, as more and more companies merged and
content distribution networks emerged, fewer businesses could afford to have their
own data centers. So, data moved to the cloud and most enterprises left the data
center workload to giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, ATT, and Verizon.

At the same time,
software also evolved. So, there were fewer hardware redundancies required, and
web applications and database systems became redundant. All companies
needed to deliver their products and services to customers was software.

The Birth of Blockchain

Out of the wreckage
that came with the global financial crisis of 2008, significant tech
innovation began blossoming. Blockchain tech burst on the scene and further
distributed data and software, bringing decentralizations to the forefront. At
first, mining software was run on traditional computers, then on specialized
equipment called ASIC, which was piled into warehouses with no redundancies or
backups. And it wasn’t long before cheaper power sources were being explored to
fuel the supercomputing.

Crypto Mining and AI Industries Are on the Rise

Today, crypto mining facilities have become the gold
standard for state-of-the-art engineered facilities –– using efficiency and
economic constraints as their barometer. There are mining facilities operating hundreds
of ASIC miners, and some of them have gone so far as to put the ASIC miners in
emersion-cooled liquid oil baths to achieve even greater efficiency and cost
savings.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is another fast-growing
industry that requires supercomputing to solve a new class of computational
problems by running tasks in the background. Crunching large amounts of data ––
billions of terabytes –– is a very intensive process that’s extremely expensive
to run on a cloud. Every model train requires hundreds of hours of computing
and server time, so using a cloud for these computations is prohibitively
expensive if you have your own infrastructure.

Pioneering the Convergence
of Crypto Mining, AI and Data Centers

Since both the AI and crypto mining industries require a
global network of supercomputing data centers, our team at Galaxy Capital
Partners (GCP) saw an opportunity to create next-generation data center
infrastructure ideally suited to meet their unique needs. We developed a set of
high-density, emersion-cooled facilities that are value engineered for low levels
of redundancy. As more and more non-redundant facilities are installed globally,
we can build redundancy in access to compute resources through
decentralization.

The data center of the future we envision at GCP is one with
decentralized, value engineered facilities that are low cost and always
available. When one facility goes down, there is another one available to
immediately take its place. So, all the massive, complex and expensive equipment
of the past is no longer necessary. There’s just one, single compute fabric
that’s always available with one generic infrastructure layer –– just like the
blockchain.

It won’t be long before we start seeing these new
hyper-scale data centers springing up around the globe –– and in the next
generation of sci fi movies.

About GCP

Galaxy Capital Partners (GCP), a global investment
management company focused on energy infrastructure and digital assets, is a
leading data center owner, operator and developer with a focus on strategically-located
wholesale enterprise data centers in North America and Asia.

Learn more at galaxycapitalpartners.com