Confirmed a company Microsoft’s viability of storing data on the seabed, so after that Concluded The software giant is a years-long experiment involving the use of an underwater data center the size of a shipping container, placed on the sea floor off the coast of Orkney Island in Scotland.
And Microsoft had In 2018 it flooded an entire data center on the Scottish sea floorIt flooded 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage at 117 feet into the ocean.
The company pulled the project Natick data center out of the water earlier this year and has spent the past few months studying the data center, and the air it contains, to determine the feasibility of the model.
The results showed that the use of submerged data centers performed well in terms of performance.
It also revealed that the servers inside a submerged data center on the seabed have proven to be up to eight times more reliable than their dryland counterparts.
The low failure rate is important, given that it is very difficult to fix a broken server when it is in an airtight container at the ocean floor.
Researchers are trying to determine which factor was responsible for this greater reliability rate, in the hope that these advantages will translate into and make the terrestrial server groups get an increase in performance and efficiency across the board.
Data centers on Earth face problems such as corrosion from oxygen, humidity, and control of temperature shifts, but far fewer problems arise in an environment like water with tight temperature control.
Other benefits included the ability to operate with increased energy efficiency, especially in areas where the grid on Earth is not considered reliable enough for sustainable operation.
This is partly due to the reduced need for artificial cooling of the servers inside the data center due to conditions at the sea floor.
The Orkney Island region is covered by a 100 percent renewable network provided by both wind and solar energy.
While the disparities in the availability of energy sources have proven to be a challenge to the infrastructure energy requirements of a conventional onshore data center in the same region, the renewable grid was more than sufficient for the size of the operation itself underwater.
Project Natick’s experience aims to show that mobile data center deployments in coastal regions around the world can prove to be a standard way to scale data center needs while keeping energy and operating costs low, while providing smaller data centers closer to where customers need rather than Direct everything to central hubs.
The seabed data storage project appears to have done well so far in demonstrating this, and the company is now planning to research how to increase the performance of these data centers by linking more than one center together to integrate their capabilities.