Microsoft’s project of burying hundreds of servers in underwater data centers has been successfully completed. Microsoft has stated that keeping data centers underwater is more profitable.
Microsoft, one of the world’s largest technology companies, buried the entire data center in the Scottish sea 35 meters below the surface in 2018 as part of Project Natick. Although placing 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage space on the bottom of the sea does not seem like a rational solution, Microsoft reported that the water sub-data center project was successful.
According to Microsoft, moving the data center under the sea provides both safer and energy-saving contrary to popular belief. Because standard data centers located on land have to deal with problems such as temperature change control as well as corrosion due to oxygen and moisture. In data centers located under the sea in a waterproof capsule, these problems are much less common.
According to Microsoft’s statements, data centers located on land cause eight times more problems than data centers located under water. Considering that it is more difficult to repair a data center underwater in an airtight capsule than repairing a data center on land, the reduction in failure rate is extremely important.
With Project Natick, which has been ongoing since 2018, Microsoft has demonstrated that underwater data centers can serve as much, if not better, data centers on land. The company’s next goal will be to demonstrate how easy it is to disable and recycle servers that have expired.