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Microsoft Looks to the Ocean for Data Centers

Category: General News
Posted: 04:15PM

Microsoft has detailed the prototype of one of its latest research projects, a data center designed to be submerged in the ocean for up to five years at a time. Named after a town in Massachusetts, Project Natick packs servers cooled by pressurized nitrogen into a custom submarine capsule. The capsule can be used for up to twenty years with the five year time frame used to swap out servers for newer hardware. An underwater environment provides many benefits including low surrounding temperature and Microsoft claims that Project Natick can be built and deployed in 90 days. More than half of the world's population lives within 124 miles of the coast, allowing for reduced latency for those users.

Source: PC World

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