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Microsoft put a massive data center 100 feet underwater

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Microsoft’s latest research project—an 864-server data center stored 100 feet underwater near Scotland—may be the next big leap in cloud computing services.

Published   |  Photo by Microsoft/Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures
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The subsea data center, roughly the size of a shipping container, represents the latest step by Microsoft’s Project Natick to develop self-sustaining cloud hardware.

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The company notes that over half of the world’s population lives by a coast, so subsea data centers are a natural fit for those communities.

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Ocean deployment could solve many issues for data center placement, cutting manufacturing time from two years to 90 days, using natural ocean cooling, and safeguarding against disasters on land.

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However, much of that depends on how well the data center can manage itself—and how it affects local ocean temperatures.

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Project Natick, now in Phase 2, plans to observe its ocean payload for a year before dropping another data center underwater.

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