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Australia's DownUnder GeoSolutions Selects Skybox Datacenters and Houston, Texas for Global Expansion of Revolutionary Oil & Gas Exploration Technology

  • Largest Colocation Data Center Transaction in Houston's History at
    15 Megawatts
  • Houston to Be Home to the Fastest Supercomputer in the World at
    This Time
  • Innovative Immersion Cooling System Reduces Energy Usage by 45%

Australia-based DownUnder
(DUG) announced today it has selected Skybox
and Houston, Texas for its global expansion of a
revolutionary oil and gas exploration technology. The deal, represented
by Bennett Data Center Solutions, marks the largest colocation
transaction in Houston's history with a 15 megawatt data center that
will be housed at the Skybox Houston campus, located in Houston's Energy

"This was an exhaustive world-wide search for a data center location,"
said Dr. Matthew Lamont, co-founder of DUG. "Houston was a natural
choice given the low cost of power and the fact that Skybox had the
available infrastructure ready to go. This facility will allow us to
install the fastest supercomputer in the world at this time to meet the
ever-increasing demand for energy. We are excited to expand our presence
in Houston and expect to be operational by February 2019."

Construction and installation is underway on building the exascale
compute facility. DUG's planned installation of more than 40,000 servers
will create the fastest supercomputer in the world with over 250 single
precision petaflops of computing speed. A petaflop is equal to one
thousand million million floating-point operations per second. Space and
power is available to take the data center to over an exaflop, or a
billion billion calculations per second.

"We are honored DUG chose Skybox for this revolutionary data center,"
said Rob Morris, Managing Partner of Skybox Datacenters. "Our proximity
to one of the largest substations in Houston and the ability to ramp up
quickly were major factors in the decision. There are so many unique
aspects about this project, from the sheer size and ultra-low cost of
power to the innovative immersion cooling technology."

Using DUG's own patent-pending design, DUG Cool, the cooling system
fully submerges all of the servers in custom-designed tanks filled with
a special, environmentally-friendly dielectric fluid to cool the
servers. The thermal qualities of the fluid mean that condensed
water-cooling chillers can be used rather than refrigeration and server
fans. This reduces energy usage by 45 percent over traditional
air-cooled systems and enables the data center to run at a Power Usage
Effectiveness (PUE) metric of less than 1.05, significantly lower than
the PUE of recognized green data centers around the world.

Data Center Solutions
represented and consulted DUG on the project
to select the optimum data center solution.

"This is the largest data center transaction in Houston history and a
significant win for the city as it triumphed over several major global
cities during the year-long selection process," said Bryan Bennett,
principal, Bennett Data Center Solutions. "Skybox Houston was selected
after an evaluation of pricing models for data center services, power
cost and availability, corporate tax structure and speed to market among
other site selection criteria."

Skybox Houston's 20-acre campus and LEED Gold data center supports
Fortune 500, Fortune 1000, and other small to medium enterprises. It is
designed to cater to enterprise users in the region who require 100
percent uptime, high-performance and ultra-low latency computing needs.
Skybox Houston utilizes a Miami-Dade rated design, built with a six-inch
thick concrete roof deck that can sustain hurricane-force winds up to
190+ MPH.

About DUG:

DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) is a leading global geosciences company
providing essential processing and computational modelling services to
energy companies to enable them to accurately locate new and productive
sites for hydrocarbon extraction. Follow DUG on Twitter @DownUnderGeo or

About Skybox Datacenters:

Skybox Datacenters is a leading data center owner, operator and
developer with a focus on wholesale enterprise data centers and disaster
recovery operations with locations in Dallas and Houston. Our team's
experience comprises 50 million square feet of real estate development
throughout North America. Connect with Skybox Datacenters on LinkedIn,
follow us on Twitter @SkyboxDCS or visit

About Bennett Data Center Solutions:

Bennett Data Center Solutions, a Mission Critical Data Center Consulting
Firm, is singularly focused on one objective and one outcome: providing
the best consulting and representation to our clients to maximize their
requirements for primary colocation and disaster recovery space. With
over ten years of data center experience, we have an in-depth knowledge
of the data center markets, the providers and products offered. In
addition, we have met with the owners and senior management of the data
center providers from around the state and country, and are therefore,
uniquely qualified to serve the data center needs of companies large and
small. Follow Bennett Data Center Solutions @Bennett_Data or visit

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