• Photos show how Microsoft took a big step forward in its crazy plan to power the internet from the sea

    18 days ago - By Chron

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    Microsoft has put a data centre in the sea in an experimental effort to see if it can provide internet services faster to coastal cities using renewable energy.
    As part of its bigger Project Natick "moonshot," Microsoft has put the data centre on the seafloor close to Scotland's Orkney Islands.
    The data centre is submerged 117 feet under the sea and is powered by a submarine cable running from Orkney. Microsoft picked the islands because it wants its data centres to run on renewable power, and Orkney is a major hub for renewable energy.
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  • Microsoft just sunk a data center into the sea

    18 days ago - By Fast Company

    Microsoft wants to see if submerging data centers into oceans can make them more energy efficient.
    Nope, James Cameron won't be making a blockbuster about this one day. The sinking of its data center into the sea off Scotland's Orkney Islands was intentional, reports the BBC. Microsoft wants to see if submerging data centers into oceans can make them more energy efficient. All data centers have servers that generate massive amounts of heat, requiring even more machinery to keep them cool and running. If by submerging a data center in the sea it keeps them cooler than having them in a...
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