Microsoft’s Project Natick seeks to understand the benefits and difficulties in deploying underwater datacenters worldwide. Phase two extends the research accomplished in phase one by deploying a full-scale underwater datacenter module in the North Sea, powered by renewable energy.
Project Natick Underwater Datacenter
Datacenter Designation: “Northern Isles” (SSDC-002)
Payload: 12 racks containing 864 standard Microsoft datacenter servers with 27.6 petabytes of disk.
Pressure Vessel Dimensions: about the size of a 40′ shipping container you might see on a ship, train, or truck.
Electrical Power Source: 100% locally produced renewable electricity from on-shore wind and solar, off-shore tide and wave.
Location: European Marine Energy Centre, Scotland, UK
Source: Project Natick