Originally posted on Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller

microsfot-natick-webMicrosoft will continue to develop its design for undersea data centers. The cloud giant is intrigued with the potential benefits of unmanned server farms on the ocean floor, and may deploy a larger test site in the near future.

In a presentation at the DatacenterDynamics Enterprise conference, Microsoft’s Ben Cutler said the Project Natick prototype operated with no hardware failures and exceptional energy efficiency.

microsoft-natcik-webThe sealed container was deployed last fall in about 30 feet of water off the coast of California. The Microsoft team sealed the servers inside the container, operated them on the ocean floor for 105 days, and has been analyzing the results.

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