One cylinder comprising 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage has been dropped by Microsoft off the coast of Orkney in Scotland. The goal is to see if the tech giant can save energy by cooling in the sea. And the location was chosen as the French-built cylinder will draw power from an undersea cable and the Orkney’s renewable energy supplies. The experiment, known as Natick, will most likely last for five years—a follow up to something similar, executed off the California coast in 2015. Read more at the BBC.
Microsoft’s Underwater Data Center