All data centers have servers that generate massive amounts of heat, requiring even more machinery to keep them cool and running. Then the company will let some customers use the data center. An undersea fibre-optic cable brings power to the data centre and transfers data to the shore and web users.
According to the release, their goal is to create "self-sufficient underwater data centers that can deliver lightning-quick cloud services to coastal cities" using "experimental, shipping-container-sized" prototypes.
Project Natick will stay submerged for five years if all goes to plan.
If Project Natick proves a success, Microsoft envisages sinking groups of five of these cylinders and being able to deploy a data centre offshore in 90 days, whereas it could take years on land.
"When you are in this kind of exponential growth curve, it tells you that most of the datacenters that we'll ever build we haven't built yet", said Ben Cutler, leader of the Project Natick team in the release. Now, the company is looking to do the same off the coast of the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, an archipelago northeast of Scotland. And because oceans are uniformly cool below a certain depth, keeping the machines under the sea would cut down the cooling costs that make up a large chunk of the operating budget of data centers.
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".
The Northern Isles data center consists of a 40-foot (12.2 metre) long white cylinder containing 864 servers - enough to store five million movies - and can lie on the seabed for up to five years.
Project Natick gets electrical power from a cable connected to a wind farm on the Orkney Islands, and that cable also serves as the conduit for the data processed under the sea.
The undersea data center is part of the technology giant's Project Natick initiative meant to research more energy efficient data centers.
Environmentalists anxious about the servers having a direct warming effect on the sea need not worry, says Microsoft, as the company's Ben Cutler told the BBC he would expect the surrounding few metres of sea to be "a few thousandths of a degree warmer at most".
Trudeau tells premiers U.S. tariffs 'unacceptable' as Trump's G7 looms
Jun 07, 2018 - 15:00
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Manchester United agree Fred deal
Jun 07, 2018 - 13:59
He will become the fourth Brazilian midfielder to play for Manchester United , following Kleberson, Anderson and Rodrigo Possebon. He is set to sign a reported five-year contract to move to Old Trafford, and Brazilian great Rivaldo expects him to excel.
Trump asserts 'absolute right to PARDON' himself
Jun 07, 2018 - 12:31
And one of the articles of impeachment prepared against President Richard Nixon in 1974 was for obstruction. But many Republican lawmakers say that if Trump were to pardon himself it would be political "suicide".
Hawaii Volcano Lava Destroys Hundreds of Homes Overnight
Jun 07, 2018 - 11:44
One home was lost in a separate 2014 lava flow in the commercial hub of Pahoa. "And I don't know what to do", she said. The lava pushed into beach lots in Kapoho, which has about 350 homes and Vacationland, which has about 150.
MacOS Mojave's Continuity Camera Lets You 'Take Photo' with iPhones
Jun 06, 2018 - 02:47
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Melania Trump makes appearance after 24 days out of sight
Jun 06, 2018 - 02:46
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LeBron James says new huddle video shows angst over timeout
Jun 06, 2018 - 02:31
There is plenty about which to complain, obviously, but the "lobbying" didn't work in Games 1-2; it amounts to wasted energy. With some of those buckets coming in garbage time, Curry appeared to have found a little extra fuel for the fourth quarter.
Italy’s new government sworn in
Jun 06, 2018 - 02:19
Italy has sworn in Giuseppe Conte as the head of a new anti-establishment government following weeks of political drama. After the initial attempt to form a government failed, Mattarella picked Carlo Cottarelli as interim prime minister.
Apple iOS 12 Announced with Improved Performance & Several New Features
Jun 06, 2018 - 02:19
It'll be available on the Apple Watch Series 1 and later, so anyone with an original Apple Watch will remain on watchOS 4. It also includes the same new camera effects like iMessage, so you can add filters or Animoji to your face on the call.
SpaceX Will Not Send Tourists Around Moon This Year
Jun 06, 2018 - 02:00
Payer traveled from SES headquarters in Luxembourg to watch the launch of his company's SES-12 satellite . SpaceX later tweeted "Successful deployment of SES-12 to a geostationary transfer orbit confirmed".
Israeli Minister Calls for Military Coalition if Iran Boosts Enrichment Capacity
Jun 06, 2018 - 01:58
He said he would initiate new sanctions on Iran, ripping up the touchstone agreement negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama. Iran has strictly and in all circumstances denied pursuing any military ambitions through its nuclear work.
Trade deals are off if tariffs go ahead, China warns US
Jun 04, 2018 - 09:35
Wilbur Ross sounded upbeat on Sunday after having dinner the previous evening with China's Vice-Premier Liu He. There was no immediate comment or statement from the US delegation or from Ross himself.
Russian Federation 95% compliant with OPEC+ oil output deal in May - energy minister
Jun 04, 2018 - 09:02
Brent for August settlement fell 47 cents to $77.12 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The U.S. benchmark traded at a discount of more than $11 to Brent crude for the first time since March 2015.
Draymond Green Says He’s Willing to Fight Tristan Thompson Off the Court
Jun 04, 2018 - 08:31
Kevin Love had 22 points and 10 boards for the cold-shooting Cavs, who will now try to gain some momentum back home. LeBron James had 29 points and 13 assists, falling just a rebound short of a triple-double.
Guatemala volcano erupts, killing children as lava spews into village
Jun 04, 2018 - 08:18
Officials said the dead were so far all concentrated in three towns: El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes. The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346ft (3,763 meters) above sea level at its peak.