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February 2, 2016 AT 5:00 pm

Why Microsoft Is Testing Data Centers That Live On The Ocean Floor


Microsoft looks into the advantages of storing data centers on the ocean floor. via fastcodesign

Last year, a dive crew dropped a perfectly fine server rack encased in steel into the Pacific Ocean. When they brought it back up a few months later, it looked like something that had been underwater for years, covered in algae and barnacles. The electronics inside it, which you could find at any conventional data center, were cool and dry. Is this the future of data center design? A team of engineers at Microsoft, operating under the name Project Natick, think it could be.

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