In the spring of 2018, the Microsoft Project Natick team placed a data storage center at a depth of 35 m.
The group hypothesized that the sealeda container on the ocean floor can 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 roll out five more such servers in the next few years.
The size of the data center resembles a standardcontainer for transportation 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 helpMicrosoft to serve customers who need to deploy and operate tactical and mission-critical servers anywhere in the world. Employees can now ensure greater data security.
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