Why is Microsoft trying to build an underwater data center?
Microsoft has completed a year-long study of operating an underwater data center in Orkney, Scotland. The company started the study earlier this year with the aim of building an underwater warehouse under the name ‘Project Natic’.
The study, which took a year, tested the amount of air needed for an underwater data center. From the study, a report has been prepared to bring the underwater data center into operation.
The report states that more air will be available for such data cents than required. The study even found that underwater data centers were eight times more reliable than those on dry land.
Since cooling is required for the data center, it is estimated that the environment may be more effective underwater than on land.
However, researchers say they will re-study how underwater data centers can be more reliable than on dry land.