At this moment, cloud computing makes it easy for us to access massive amounts of information from our computers and smart phones. All this information is stored in data centers which are traditionally built on land. Most of them are located at remote locations and Microsoft is now delving into new horizons by trying to put these data centers under water.
Microsoft has unveiled Project Natick which outlines the company’s initiative to bring cloud computing closer to big cities which are located near large water bodies. By going under water, the company will be able to reduce the maintenance costs of these data centers. Huge costs are involved in cooling these servers which generate enormous amounts of heat.
Putting them under water will reduce the costs and the data centers can be powered by renewable wave or tidal power. Most of the benefits are still being speculated and the success of this initiative can bring a revolutionary change in cloud computing infrastructure.
Microsoft built one of these centers which was placed inside a 10-by-7-foot container vessel. The vessel has been named Leona Philpot after the popular Halo character. It was set 30 feet under water off the coast of California in August 2015. After 4 months of trial, the vessel is back and is being analyzed by the team.
So far the results have been promising and the team is looking forward to build bigger and better capsules. The next phase of this project can involve a vessel which is four times the size of Leona Philpot and has almost 20 times the computing power.
Microsoft has been very specific about the fact that Project Natick is still in the research stage and it may be quite early for the company to evaluate whether the concept can be brought to the market or not for adoption by other cloud service providers.