Most data centers are carelessly established in a hot and noisy environment. Now, Microsoft has discovered a solution by putting them at the bottom of the sea. The years-long first prototype testing Project Natick of Microsoft has delivered the final and sustainable vision of the company. These are prepackaged and very quickly deployed data centers and operate from the seafloor. This kind of first data center has been installed using submarine technology on the seafloor near the Orkney Islands in Scotland. It is already processing workloads using 12 racks of 864 servers. This system needs only below a quarter of one megawatt of power for a full capacity operation and it comes from renewable energy generated inshore. The container-sized shipping set-up includes cooling technology. Most of the conventional costs and logistics for surrounding have been finished due to the natural low temperatures at the depth of the ocean.
The dedicated team of the company will spend at least 12 months to monitor the data center performance. It will include various factors, such as power consumption, internal humidity, noise, and temperature levels. This data center has been designed operating for more than 5-years without maintenance. It will enable keeping close monitoring of environmental factors. The project started due to an increasing demand for the infrastructure of cloud computing near congested areas. It is important that putting data centers in the sea might be unreasonable due to at least half of the population in the world is living within 120 miles of the coast. This area has been considered potentially rich with renewable energy. The Project Natick could mark the start of an entirely new way of handling internet connectivity.