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Data Center World 2023

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies. Click on session titles for full session descriptions. All times noted are in CST (Austin, Texas time zone).

Taking a Deep Dive into Ocean-Cooled Data Centers

Kyle Burton  (President, NZE (Net-Zero Edge))

Location: Room 8ABC

Date: Wednesday, May 10

Time: 2:35 pm - 3:25 pm

Pass Type: Industry Conference, Standard, AFCOM Vendor Member, All Access- BUILD, All Access- Omdia, All Access- Workshop

Track: Emerging IT & Data Center Technologies

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Intermediate

Putting the cloud on the seafloor. Sounds crazy, doesn't it?

In this session, we'll take a closer look at thermodynamics of ocean currents and how our seas can potentially provide a sustainable approach to cooling data centers.

With really good baseline data available from non-IT sectors like oil and gas, plus interesting insights from existing subsea data center projects from Microsoft and NZE, we'll break down all of the reasons why this idea isn't so crazy.

The session will start with the history of ocean-cooled infrastructure in other sectors, then move into the various aspects of data centers that could be improved with the power of subsea placement. From there, we'll paint the picture of potential energy savings and related GHG emissions reductions and what that looks like at "hyperscale.”

Finally, we'll balance the chat by tackling environmental concerns of placing heat-generating infrastructure on the seafloor and what the consequences of moving from land-to-sea will have for operational excellence.


  • Gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the power of our oceans
  • Get a better view of new, energy efficient technologies
  • Start a conversation about net-zero data centers
  • Leave with a smile about how this crazy idea is actually attainable