Due to issues involving air conditioning bills for keeping the Data Centers
cool, Facebook and Google chose options such as moving them to other countries.
However, Microsoft may have found a solution-‘Project Natick’: An ongoing
research project into sub-sea data centers that could be both economically and
environmentally friendly. The company’s first ever submarine was deployed off the
Coast of California. Apparently, water and electricity isn’t so dangerous when the
right scientists are involved. The project was a success, running 105 days in total.
The data center was transported off a dock into the ocean by the team using high
quality equipment. Inventive solutions like these may spark humanity’s interest
in conservation in thefuture. For example, engineers believe that one day, sub-sea data
centers might be able to power themselves using underwater turbines or tidal power to generate
electricity. According to Microsoft, “the next pod will also be equipped with turbines,
which will convert the ocean’s currents into electricity.”
The centers are also convenient due to the fact that half the world’s
population lives within 200 kilometers of the ocean, making sub-sea systems easier
to deploy. Microsoft says that it’s the right time to start rethinking data centers.
They are already working on their next step-an underwater system three times the
size of the Leona Phil-pot. It turns out the technology company is using its skills in
speediness not only on land, but also in the sea. The creative team has really awed
its audience with the news of the clever underwater development. Be sure to keep up with
Microsoft’s other new under water and on land inventions. The technology company
plans on using creative tools to help businesses and people.
Vincent, James. Microsoft is Experimenting with Underwater Data Centers. The Verge. 2016. Vox Media, Inc.