Israeli Hi-Tech faces many challenges : The Shekel\Dollar rate, the tough IPO market , the rise of India and China, the disappearance of many VC’s and the move from infrastructure markets to consumer models.
The idea is to build an Israeli Mega public cloud, in the ocean , using the power from our newly discovered $10B natural Gas.
Here are a few good arguments:
- Because power is 50% of computing costs, the cost per CPU could be much lower, because of the cheap gas.
- Exporting gas is hard and expensive. Exporting CPU cycles is easy and cheap. The Fiber optics connections are in the ocean, much like the gas.
- It would drive a huge infrastructure industry of start-ups and services , in an area where we already have an advantage.
- It can be a great foundation for Bio-information cluster of large and small companies.
- It can be a great foundation for a financial software cluster of large and small companies.
- The cost is not that big and the government can help with initial funding
- There is a potential to make the international development centers of Microsoft, Cisco,HP and EMC more strategic
- It is simpler than building Data-Centers on ships 🙂
If building the data center in the Mediterranean is too expensive, it can be built cheaply in Acre and boost the city’s economy, providing wealth to its Arab and Jewish citizens. That would be a nice added value.
While I haven’t built the detailed economical model , it does seem like fascinating idea. Anyone cares to push it forward?