Microsoft's Underwater Data Center Pivots to the Future of the Internet of Underwater Things

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By Kateryna Dubrova | 3Q 2020 | IN-5938


Dumping the Data Center onto the Seafloor Turned out to be a Brilliant Idea!


Microsoft is expanding Project Natick, which deployed the Northern Isles data center 117 feet deep underwater back in 2018. The idea behind dropping a large data center onto the ocean floor was that due to less temperature fluctuations and stable pressure, the sealed container could improve the overall safety and reliability of the data center. In September 2020, Microsoft comes to the final phase of the project: retrieving the data center pod in an effort to prove the concept and test the feasibility of data centers being located under the water’s surface.

Economy Meets Energy Efficiency


Microsoft's Proof of Concept (POC) pod, called the Leona Philpot, established that such a deployment provides economic viability, with 8X less probability of failure, compared to the on-land data storage facilities. The deployment of Project Natick confirmed the hypothesis and this has a direct implication for the future of the land-based datacenter model. Arguably, if or rather …

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