Microsoft has completed testing an underwater data center it launched off the coast of Scotland in 2018. They decided that the servers were safer than the land-based counterparts. In the next few years, the company will launch 5 more such data centers.
In the spring of 2018, the Microsoft Project Natick team placed a data storage center at a depth of 35 m. The food was supplied from a neighboring island using an underwater cable. To create a data center, the company used submarine construction technologies. Over the next two years, team members tested and monitored the health and reliability of the servers.
The group hypothesized that a sealed container on the ocean floor could provide greater reliability to data processing centers (DPCs). On land, corrosion caused by oxygen and humidity, temperature fluctuations, and impacts on the server chassis cause equipment to fail quickly. These risk factors are eliminated underwater.
The researchers concluded that storing data at depth is safer than on land. The company plans to deploy five more such servers in the next few years.
The size of the data center resembles a standard container for the transport of goods. This will help make it easier to transport. There are 12 racks hidden inside, on which 864 servers are located. A pipe was brought to each rack through which water will pass for cooling. According to the calculations of the developers, this system will be able to work for five years without maintenance.
The proven reliability of subsea data centers will help Microsoft serve customers who need to deploy and operate tactical and mission-critical servers anywhere in the world. Employees can now ensure greater data security.