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Microsoft sinks data centers for underwater storage

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of sinking data centers off the coast of Scotland as it attempts to make storage more environmentally and economically practical.

The company has undertaken the initiative as part of its ‘Project Natick’. It looks at alternative spaces to host large data centers, which have faced problems related to overheating. Some tech firms have experimented with setting up their centers in colder climates in order to resolve this problem.

“Almost half of the world’s population lives near large bodies of water. Having data centres closer to billions of people using the internet will ensure faster and smoother web browsing, video streaming and gaming, while businesses can enjoy AI-driven technologies,” said Microsoft UK chief executive Cindy Rose.

Sustainability

Microsoft’s team will monitor the project in Orkney in the next year to observe whether they provide a sustainable alternative to on-land centers.

The data centers are being powered by renewable energy, with tidal turbines and wave converters being used to keep them cool.

“I’m delighted this venture is taking place in the UK. It sends a message that Microsoft understands this country is at the cutting-edge of technology, a leader in cloud computing.”

The novel approach towards the hosting of data centers is a response to the ever-growing demand for new technologies.

“It is easy to take technology for granted,” Rose added. “People can work from anywhere, collaborate like never before and share ideas in new and exciting ways. An entire generation is growing up with the world literally at their fingertips. Every piece of information ever discovered is just a click away on their mobile phone.”

“As our reliance on technology increases, so do the demands we place on it.”

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