Microsoft deploys data centre on sea floor to test energy efficiency
Microsoft announced the deployment of the data centre, named Northern Isles, on Tuesday. The initiative is part of the tech giant`s Project Natick, a years-long research effort to investigate manufacturing and operating environmentally sustainable, pre-packaged data centre units that can be ordered to size, rapidly deployed and left to operate lights out on the seafloor for years.
In a major step towards making data centres energy self-sufficient, Microsoft has deployed an experimental, shipping container size prototype on the seafloor near Scotland`s Orkney Islands. Image source: Reuters