Microsoft Explores The Possibility Of An Underwater Data Center
Microsoft researchers explored the ocean depths to find out whether a testing data center can exist under the sea. The tech giant tested a self-contained data center prototype that can function almost 100 feet below the ocean surface. Code-named Project Natick, it will help to eliminate the hefty air-conditioning bills, which is one of the most expensive problems of the technology industry.
The data centers are the power sources for almost everything from streaming video to email and to social networking. To perform such herculean tasks, it makes use of thousands of computer servers that generate a huge amount of heat. The servers crash due to excessive heat. And to avoid crashing of the server, air conditioners in a large number are put to use.
An innovative thought to fix the heating problem
The scientists from Microsoft have decided to try out the cold ocean water floors for their all performing data centers. Many technology companies have been changing their locations or sites just to tackle the heating problem and prevent crashing of servers.
Facebook, some time back came up with a data center in Sweden’s Lulea because the place has icy cold weather conditions and help cut the energy expenses required for running air conditioners. Another Facebook data center is to come up in Ireland’s Clonee and will resource its power from the local available wind energy.
Tech giant, Google has built a data center in Finland’s Hamina and it uses the Bay of Finland’s seawater for cooling. So, how can Microsoft lag behind when most of its rival companies are seeking less-expensive alternatives for keeping their data centers cool?
Under ocean data centers can solve the problem
The researchers believe that under ocean data centers can help in fixing the problem. Microsoft is also thinking of generating electric system using a tidal energy or a turbine. So, the company intends to fulfill two purposes by shifting its core base to the ocean floor. It will help Microsoft to reduce its power expenses and also help establish a power-independent center.