Microsoft sinks nearly 1,000 servers to boost internet speeds

Microsoft sinks nearly 1,000 servers to boost internet speeds

Microsoft sinks nearly 1,000 servers to boost internet speeds

Adding to its green credentials, the energy it does use is powered by renewable energy, generated by the European Marine Energy Centre's tidal turbines and wave energy converters. This is a lot smaller than the conventional data centers that can cover the enter distance of a football field, some 300-feet.

Microsoft submerged one of its data centers in the Atlantic Ocean Wednesday as part of an effort to understand how the machines work on the sea floor.

Microsoft chose to place the data center in Europe off the shore of Orkney, a major center for renewable energy research, to try and determine if placing a data center under water could boost energy efficiency.

This particular data center will be monitored for the next 12 months; researchers at Microsoft will keep an eye on factors like power consumption, internal humidity levels, and temperature. If Project Natick proves a success, Microsoft envisages sinking groups of five of these cylinders, the report said.

Microsoft's Project Natick isn't about a new two-in-one tablet or piece of clever software.

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The second argument is that it's colder under water, and that there's less corrosion.

The 12-rack cylinder was built in France by a shipbuilding company, Naval, with Microsoft foreseeing future deployments where cylinders are sunk in groups of five - which could be why Microsoft patented artificial reefs made out of data centers a year ago. Microsoft engineers said the submarine server performed more than it was expected after running for 105 days. The idea is to use the sea as a natural coolant, helping to reduce the energy needed to run the center. It is also far quicker to deploy a data center offshore than build on land.

"More than half of the world's population lives within about 120 miles of the coast", Microsoft said on its website, describing the data centre as a "milestone" for the company.

The company's latest unit contains 12 racks of computers with a total of 864 servers.

In the next 12 months, the team will be monitoring the performance of the data center, even if it has been created to operate for over 5 years without the need for maintenance. This will help artificial intelligence-driven technologies thrive in coastal communities and extend out to land-based data centers that are typically located inland to avoid floods, hurricanes, and other troublesome weather.

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