Microsoft’s Natick team announced the success of its first experiments in extracting a data center for Microsoft services at a depth of 35 meters in the Scottish Sea. And that’s after the team buried in 2018.
Microsoft’s experience proves that it is best if most data centers are buried underwater, which means burying the Internet literally in the depths of the seas and oceans. In this article, we will try to summarize the experience and its importance.
But first what are data centers?
Do you remember the saying of digital security experts that there is no such thing as a cloud or a cloud and that when you store your personal photos or data on any cloud service, you borrow someone else’s computer.
In fact, this saying is relatively correct, as almost all the sites you browse are hosted on so-called servers, which are very fast computers that carry all the data on the Internet, and of course the owner of every website will not build his own server, usually the owners of websites rent servers from major companies like Microsoft, which offers its servers through the Microsoft Azure platform, and Amazon also offers a similar service called Amazon AWS. Hundreds of servers are being built in what is called a data center that offers website owners a fast and easy solution to rent a server.
Why did Microsoft bury a data center at a depth of 35 meters?
The atmosphere of the planet is necessary for the continuation of all life forms in it, but in fact it negatively affects the performance of computers, so humidity causes many malfunctions in computers as well as constant change and high temperature, and even the oxygen that we breathe affects computers negatively, and all these factors cause Many faults that maintenance engineers are constantly trying to solve, and it costs a lot of money to maintain.
Microsoft decided to think outside the box to solve this problem by burying an entire data center containing 864 servers with a capacity of 27.6 gigabytes (a petabyte is 1024 terabytes). The data center is completely isolated from the underwater atmosphere, and its temperature is also easy to control.
Two years after the data center went live, the company has succeeded in recovering the center from the bottom of the lake, and the company has announced amazing results that may change the game and make data centers buried underwater the natural pattern of data centers, which means burying the Internet literally in the depths of the ocean.
According to the research team, the buried data center recorded one failure for every 8 faults recorded by its counterpart on the ground. The research team’s next step is to demonstrate easy access to maintenance and replacement of buried data centers.