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Staring at the ceiling, in one night of insomnia and scrambled thoughts, I was annoyed by all the lights and noise in my bedroom.

In a meager attempt at unconsciousness, all I heard were the fans. The goddamn fans! I was okay with the fan noise from the AC. It is much more than just a fan, that fan signifies the oncoming artificial winter that I love so much; that fan is good. That fan is necessary for a civilized world.

The fans in my PC on the other hand are the work of evil. I suspect developed by fellow members of the unholy alliance that shackled humanity with nefarious creations like parking tickets, coach-class middle seats, and my pet rock!

It had to stop. Those disposed of well mind and being would ask, “Why not just turn off the computer?” The point, in my sleep deprived obsessive mind, was that I needed the noise to stop.

I spent the next six hours disturbingly staring at the fans and their components. By the time, I felt the heat from the glowing ball of fire in the sky I had enough adrenaline to stay up for another 24 hours. Sleep was not an option.

BANG!

The loud noise of a hard drive hitting the floor startled me as I realized I had fallen asleep amongst the innards of my prized possession. I scrambled to reassemble the PC and commence my quest for a professionally devised solution.

Sound mats, isolation springs, liquid cooling, the list was endless but with no real solution. The depression from the failure to solve the issue was soul crushing. I buried myself in bed in the fetal position hoping to erase the memory of the outside world.

In a catatonic state between vague thoughts and impulsive twitching, an idea started slowly forming. EUREKA!

A computer inside a heatsink connected to the hot components with heat pipes! I spent months cooped up in my room. A reclusive misanthrope now obsessed with the annihilation of fans. I did not know if it would work, but failure was irrelevant. I had found purpose!

One early morning at 4AM, I powered the system and freaked out the rest of house with my maniacal laughter. I became Dr. Frankenstein as I saw the electrons breathe life into my monster. It was alive! ALIVE!

Actually, it just beeped after a successful POST. I waited, nervously pacing, and then rested my head gently over my creation. No noise!

As if in approval from the electron gods, the AC fan kicked on. I had reached utopia, a winter wonderland with a silent computer.

That passion led me to find a team of experts in engineering and business development that has allowed that fateful creation to reach the point at which we are today.

Finding my slice of nerd heaven was great, but as an investor later said, I had the right solution to the wrong problem.

Smartphones, tablets, internet of things. Our lives, now more connected than ever, are on the verge of a connectivity revolution; all dependent on the data centers of today and tomorrow. That impending future has a dangerous secret.

Data centers consume 3% of the world’s power. It is estimated that by the end of 2016 that will increase to 13 billion watts of electricity; more than three times all the electricity generated in the US every year. In 25 years, we will require the entire electrical grid of the world just to power these data centers.

Rarely is an industry met with a challenge not for growth and abundance, but rather to the values and the purposes of our innovations. Climate change will be the annealing forge of our generation, only tempered by the rains of cultural and technological solutions.

We at Xyber Technologies are the right team to solve this problem because we have the experience and technology to do so. We have developed a passive cooling system for servers and racks that requires no power and has no moving parts. Our system reduces server power consumption up to 30%. Furthermore, it reduces cooling requirements up to 75%, and in some cases eliminates it all together.

Our Xylent racks can double computational density and reduce data center total power consumption up to 40%. If data centers adopted this technology, the US would not require another power plant for the next 10 years.

Xyber has been granted six utility/concepts patents in the US, Europe, Canada, and Singapore. With five more on the way in Japan, China, and Korea.

75% lower cooling requirements, 30% lower power consumption from the server, 40% lower total power consumption from the data center, these are not trivial numbers. Our solution achieves this and more, while silently connecting us to that future for which we so passionately fight.

It is that future that hangs on the proper judgment by its leaders. As leaders of that future, we must ask:

What is needed? What can best be done? Moreover, what must be done?