It would probably be way more economical to rent space in an existing data center.
So the reason we are building out in Austin comes down to cooling. In the near future, we are going to have servers that are well north of 7kW even when liquid-cooled. That is necessarily going to push towards needing liquid cooling in the lab. The liquid cooling side is a bit challenging because that brings questions like:
- Immersion (full or other), direct to chip, rear door, combination?
- What are the facility flow needs for each?
- What are the air handling needs for each?
- What type of CDUs and other pumps and plumbing are needed?
So basically, to test servers in 2022 and beyond, if one wants to test high-end servers liquid cooling at scale is necessary.
A colocation setting would be great, but the big challenge is that they often have one type of liquid cooling option available, or have other restrictions if one is truly trying to get diversity in liquid cooling options.