Microsoft – Traversing New Depths

Microsoft – Traversing New Depths
User Rating: 0 (0 votes)

Microsoft Research, the 1,000-strong scientific research arm of Microsoft, is investigating whether it is possible to put data centres deep under the sea,according to the New York Times. The project, code-named Natick, would submerge data centres underwater, using fibre optics to transfer to data back to land.

The company is looking at two potential designs: one placing a data centre on the sea floor and another placing the centres in pods that are suspended under the surface and use turbines to capture energy from the currents.

The first pod to go beneath the surface, called Leona Philpot (a character from video game “Halo”), recently returned to the surface and is being checked by Microsoft in an effort to improve the design.Microsoft is looking for a partner to design the pod in the future, according to the report, but has not yet found a suitable candidate.Microsoft - undersea data centres