Submarine? No. It’s a Microsoft Data Center

Well, we all know Microsoft one of the worldwide leaders in Cloud platform and Increasing data center count worldwide day by day. This is a trending news of this week, after reading about Microsoft’s Project Natick, I was so excited. Coming to details, Microsoft Project Natick was started on July 2014.

The underwater data center concept was originally shown in a white paper prepared for a Microsoft event called ThinkWeek that encourages their employees to share out-of-the-box thoughts. Just 12 months after launching Project Natick in July 2014, the team had deployed a lab-built proof-of-concept prototype in calm, shallow waters of California.

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Microsoft’s Project Natick team gathers on a barge tied up to a dock in Scotland’s Orkney Islands in preparation to deploy the Northern Isles datacenter on the seafloor. Pictured from left to right are Mike Shepperd, senior R&D engineer, Sam Ogden, senior software engineer, Spencer Fowers, senior member of technical staff, Eric Peterson, researcher, and Ben Cutler, project manager. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.

This form of underwater data centers will be of much use to the population who lives in coastal fields. By putting data centers in bodies of water near coastal cities, data would have a short distance to travel to reach coastal communities, leading to fast and smooth web surfing, video streaming and game playing as well as authentic experiences for AI-driven technologies.

Microsoft had sited its first underwater data center, in the ocean off the coast of Scotland and these data centers are Prepacked data centers and works well continuously 5 years without any maintenance and these data centers are environmentally friendly.

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Project Natick’s Northern Isles datacenter is partially submerged and cradled by winches and cranes between the pontoons of an industrial catamaran-like gantry barge. At the deployment site, a cable containing fiber optic and power wiring was attached to the Microsoft datacenter, and then the datacenter and cable lowered foot-by-foot 117 feet to the seafloor. Photo by Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures.


  • 100% locally produced renewable electricity from onshore wind and solar, offshore tide and wave.
  • It will take Less than 90 days from factory ship to operation.
  • No maintenance up to 5 years and more..

Sources :

Project Natick   Microsoft News

Content credit to Microsoft and Microsoft blog authors.

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