Microsoft sinks deep sea data centre off Orkney

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An undersea fibre-optic cable brings power to the data centre and transfers data to the shore and web users.

The second phase will test the feasibility of deploying a larger model - 12.2 m in length and 2.8 m wide - which contains 864 data center servers and 27.6 petabytes of disk. Eventually, Microsoft would like to marry Project Natick to experimental ocean turbines that use wave energy to generate electricity, which could make these data centers entirely self sufficient.

Orkney was chosen as a location because it is a major centre for renewable energy research.

If the project is successful, Microsoft hopes to sink groups of five of the cylinders and be able to deploy a data centre offshore in 90 days - doing this on land can take years. Since most of the world's population lives within about 120 miles of the coast, data needs to travel less distance to reach coastal people.

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Cindy Rose, chief executive of the technology giant, said: "Microsoft is exploring the idea that data centres - essentially the backbone of the internet - can be based on the sea floor".

While Phase one of Project Natick confirmed that underwater datacenter concept is feasible, Phase two is focused on researching whether the concept is logistically, environmentally and economically practical. The biggest challenge for Microsoft is that you can't send a network admin or service tech to fix any computers that go down when the data center is under water.

The data centre's power can also be compared to as much as thousands of high-end desktop PCs. Cooling the servers inside a modern data center is nearly as expensive as buying the equipment itself, and a networked sequence of underwater data centers could provide computing power to places around the world where environmental conditions make land-based data centers impractical.

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