Microsoft underwater data centre test
Computing giant Microsoft has successfully trialled the use of an underwater data centre installed off the coast of Scotland’s Orkney islands.
The years-long experiment, dubbed project Natick, saw a shipping container-sized underwater data centre placed on the sea floor and operated at full capacity to determine the viability of underwater data centres.
The trial revealed that the submerged data centre proved eight times more reliable than its dry-land counterparts.
Ben Cutler, a project manager in Microsoft’s Special Projects research group, said, “We are now at the point of trying to harness what we have done as opposed to feeling the need to go and prove out some more. We have done what we need to do. Natick is a key building block for the company to use if it is appropriate.”