IT - Operations

Microsoft Finds Underwater Data Centers Practical
Data Center Knowledge, September 14th, 2020
Its researchers have pulled their second Project Natick experimental data center out of the ocean in Scotland

"Underwater data centers are a go, Microsoft said Monday, a couple months after its researchers pulled their experimental sealed capsule of a data center out of the ocean off the shores of Orkney Islands, in Scotland, where it had been since spring 2018.

Not only is this submarine data center design feasible and practical, they said, the experiment has demonstrated that servers deployed in a static, dry nitrogen environment fail at a rate that's 1/8th of the failure rate of servers deployed in a typical data center on dry land, where 'corrosion from oxygen and humidity, temperature fluctuations and bumps and jostles from people who replace broken components are all variables that can contribute to equipment failure'..."

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