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Microsoft tests submarine data centres

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Microsoft has announced a new research project which involves moving some of its data centre capacity underwater, examining the environmental benefits and cost effectiveness of subsea servers.

The concept behind Project Natick was first explored three years ago in a white paper penned by a Microsoft employee who had experience of Navy submarine technologies. A team began developing a physical prototype in 2014 and last year a server – measuring around eight feet in diameter – was installed off the coast of California. It lasted for 105 days, which was a lot longer than the scientists had predicted.

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