Massive 'Green' Data Center to Rise in Bataan


Listed IT company DFNN Inc. is partnering with Nautilus Data Technologies to build a data center in the Freeport Area of Bataan. The memorandum of understanding signed between the two companies involves the development of the data center that would focus on “the use, supply, implementation and application of their respective businesses and related products & services.” 

In a disclosure earlier this week, DFNN said a fully equipped data center—which includes provisions for power, network and cooling for additional tolerance to data center failures—is imperative for the country to be truly competitive in the current business environment. It said Nautilus, which was founded by Filipino-American Navy veteran Arnold Magcale, is globally recognized for creating the world’s most innovative water-cooled data center design, water cooling technology that reduces power usage, decreases air pollution, lowers greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminates water consumption.


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The new data center is expected to help respond to the need for high-availability and resiliency in applications, particularly with Elon Musk’s Starlink soon to start operations in the country.

Other countries in ASEAN have made significant strides in this front. Indonesia, for example, has secured an investment from Microsoft to build a data center that is expected to generate $6.3 billion in new revenues from the country’s ecosystem of local customers and partners. In addition, its cloud-consuming businesses are expected to contribute 60,000 jobs to the local economy over the course of four years.


According to the news release, Nautilus’ proprietary design water cooling technology delivers “a waterborne data center that operates more efficiently and less expensively than traditional land-based facilities while achieving higher environmental standards. This technology was validated with the launch of Project Nautilus, the world’s first successful waterborne data center operation.”

Magcale, who is also the CTO of Nautilus, served on the management team of Exodus Communications, where he launched one of Silicon Valley’s first data centers. He also had executive positions at Motorola Mobility, where his team deployed the first global Android devices and where he worked as part of the original design team; as well as LinkSource Technologies and the Quantum Capital Fund, serving as CTO. He is also an early adopter and implementer of cloud computing and a member of the team at Danger, Inc., later acquired by Microsoft and a member of the team at Danger, Inc., also acquired by Microsoft. Prior to his tech career Magcale served 10 years career in the United States Navy Special Forces. 

Magcale’s military and maritime expertise provided the foundation for inventing the world’s first commercial waterborne data center: the Stockton 1 Data Center, which was commissioned in December 2020 and is currently supporting customer operations.

Now he is bringing that technology to the Philippines with the help of DFNN.

“Connecting the entire technology ecosystem is of great importance in creating value to both business and stakeholders,” said DFNN COO Ricardo F. Banaag. “In this case, providing for a sustainable data center will ensure resiliency in the face of rapid growth and demand.”

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