Big data spells big opportunity in the energy sector

Standing inside a mobile data center is a bit like standing inside a walk-in fridge, except that stacks of computers sit where the food would otherwise be.
The interior of Bulldog Containers’ big metal box stays refreshingly cool, even as the sun beats down on the data center in a sea-can at the Gas and Oil Expo in Calgary’s Stampede Park. The skid-mounted container is filled with specialized air-conditioning units that vent frigid air to chill the electronics inside. Company owner Vern Kasdorf is marketing the mobile data centers to oil sands and mineral mining companies that currently house their data in computer rooms at remote worker camps. One small power outage, or heat wave, and all that improperly housed data could be corrupted, Kasdorf says.

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