There is a lot of buzz about how technology is shaping sustainable data centers these days but what exactly does that mean, what does it look like, and how does it affect our lives? This past week, Datacloud USA 2022 took place in Austin, Texas and connected decision makers from across data center, cloud, edge, HPC, content, big tech as well as regional and international enterprise. The two-day event offered  valuable networking opportunities  and  exclusive, engaging thought-leadership panels for participants. 

Josh Snowhorn, Founder and CEO of Quantum Loophole and a technologist with more than two decades of experience in the industry, took part in Wednesday’s panel, “How is Technology Shaping the future of Sustainable Data Centers?” Joined by other industry leaders, he took a deeper dive into how technology is driving the next generation of data centers. Moderator Matt Stansberry, North American Vice President of Uptime Institute asked, “What specific technology is shaping how we look at sustainability.” Snowhorn went on to explain that air cooling, microgrids, and even hydrogen based power are some of the technologies that we may be witnessing in the future. 

More specifically, Josh explained how a microgrid scenario can help by “powering our own needs.” ​​Microgrids are consolidated utilities services networks that incorporate thermal and electrical distribution, cabling, control & monitoring and water services, as well as lighting and urban support systems and can range in size. According to an article from Data Center Dynamics, the energy center will also contain other power supply sources, including batteries and possibly fuel cells for the conversion of hydrogen or other gas to electricity as a means of importing renewable energy into the system.

When speaking about staffing and implementation of the job, Quantum Loophole, the Diamond Sponsor of the event, shed light on their unique situation. With only 14 remote members on staff, Quantum Loophole is building the biggest data center campus. How is this possible? By outsourcing in the industry, on all levels. The use of technology and remote work opened the door for many possibilities and now QLoop network is a massive  40± mile hyperscale fiber ring that connects Quantum Loophole’s 2,100+ acre Quantum Frederick data center development in Maryland to Northern Virginia’s Data Center Alley. 

Quantum Loophole was proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of the Datacloud USA event. The company expressed great excitement in having other attendees come to their booth to learn more details about the innovative QLoop Network.

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