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Since 2013 everyone and his dog knows about Bitcoin. And because one of our clients is the Bitcoin mining company ASICMiner, we've been hearing about it several times a day recently. In fact, we can't even think of any single working day without having a conversation or two about Bitcoin during the past year. We have also received calls from people at CNN and the New York Times because they thought we were the Bitcoin miners.

Here is a link to CNN's story: Inside Hong Kong's biggest Bitcoin mine

To set the record straight, we are (unfortunately) just the people who build the cooling system and provide the infrastructure, we do not produce the Bitcoins! We would probably have bought an island in the caribbean by now if we were in fact mining all those coins.

On a more serious note, NASDQ.com has a short list of famous companies that are now accepting Bitcoins: Overstock.com, Tigerdirect, Tesla, Virgin Galactic, PayPal, eBay, Wordpress, Reddit, Zynga, OkCupid and plenty of others are ready to take your coins.

Here is an infographic that explains how Bitcoins (and Bitcoin mining) works from a not-so-technical viewpoint.

 

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My colleague Alex wrote about winter in Hong Kong in an earlier blog post - and it's already over again. Temperatures have been on the rise from mild winter temperatures of 18°C for more than a month already, but today it came in the radio that we're at 28° Celsius (82.4° Fahrenheit) and a whopping 95% relative humidity. This compared to the snow chaos in Europe with airports shutting down just a few days ago in the middle of March... Guess it's quite obvious why we moved to Hong Kong - I was at the beach yesterday, basking in the sun!

Maybe one should draft up a new PUE (Power Usage Efficiency) metric for data centers and supercomputers which is relative to the annual temperature and humidity average of the respective location - just like "relative humidity" in relation to temperature. It's no surprise that Hong Kong's average PUE is at 2.52 according to Digital Realty's 2012 survey on 101 major data centers in Hong Kong. I wonder what lower PUE than the current 1.02 Immersion-1 would achieve with such a new "relative PUE" metric...

 

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Global Projects

Hong Kong is one of the fastest-paced cities in the world. It has remained the world's freest economy since 1995, with low tax, no import and export restrictions, free trade and travel. Being located in the financial powerhouse and tech hub of Asia, we are well equipped to work on global projects. No matter how big, or small.

Hot & Humid

Most would consider Hong Kong's cramped living conditions, sky high property prices, and hazy skies as very challenging. When it comes to data centers, hot and humid climates are one of the biggest problems too. Hong Kong's power hungry infrastructure is a major disaster for the people's wallet and the environment. On the bright side, it's habitats like this that push companies to go the extra mile and make a change.