Microsoft’s underwater server experiment resurfaces after two years theverge.com/2020/9/14/2143….
Microsoft has resurfaced its underwater Project Natick data center experiment from the bottom of the Scottish sea, with the latest two-year trial proving that underwater data centers are a feasible idea with real benefits over land-based ones.
Today, the company has reported that its latest experiment was a success, revealing findings that show that the idea of an underwater data center is actually a pretty good one.
On the surface, throwing an entire data center to the bottom of the ocean may seem strange, but Microsoft’s Project Natick team hypothesized that placing would result in more reliable and energy-efficient data centers.
On land, data centers run into issues like corrosion from oxygen and humidity and controlling shifts in temperatures. But in a water-tight environment with tight temperature control, far fewer issues crop up. The idea is that these kinds of servers can be easily deployed in sizes big and small near the coasts of areas that need them, giving better local access to cloud-based resources in more places. — Chaim Gartenberg/@verge