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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wants to bring data centers under the sea

By Polycount ยท 17 replies
Nov 1, 2018
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  1. We've already seen that it's possible to stick your computer components in the dishwasher safely, but bringing your system itself underwater probably seems like a slightly silly concept.

    Well, it still is, but that's pretty close to what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently advocated for at the Future Decoded conference, according to Ars Technica. The executive believes the undersea deployment of waterproof "server pods" could be the future of data center expansion.

    Though it may sound a bit strange initially, it's a solid -- and proven -- concept. As Ars notes, Microsoft tried out a similar, smaller-scale project in 2016 when it launched a server pod in the ocean near California.

    There are a lot of benefits to moving server operations undersea, not the least of which is location versatility. After all, Microsoft wouldn't be restricted by purchasable above-ground land, which becomes more limited by the day. Additionally, data transfer latency could theoretically be reduced quite a bit; Nadella says that roughly "50 percent" of Earth's inhabitants already live near a coast.

    It's also worth noting that with undersea servers, there's no real need to build actual facilities. Towering buildings with complex cooling and noise reduction technology would be a thing of the past. Furthermore, if it proves necessary to remove a server due to maintenance issues, it's as simple as hauling it back above the waves.

    We can't say for sure how well Nadella's plans will work out, but we are definitely intrigued. What do you think of underwater servers? Let us know in the comments.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,510   +1,511

    Not to mention cooling becomes a lot easier, as it's REALLY cold under the sea... Have you not watched Mission Impossible? Data centers will all be under the sea in the near future!!
     
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,401   +2,946

    Except it can do unknown amount of harm to underwater life, which substantially relies on use of ultrasounds.

    Any kind of noise-emitting tech should be researched for what effect it may have on underwater life, before dumping it there.
     
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  4. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,510   +1,511

    Plus what will they do when giant megolodons get annoyed by it and smash everything in their path to destruction?

    Not to mention the mega sharks and giant octopi...
     
  5. Lounds

    Lounds TS Addict Posts: 185   +114

    Land costs money, buildings cost money, apparently these pods are cheaper and can be deployed within a few months, while data centres on land take a few years to fully go live.
     
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  6. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Evangelist Posts: 712   +1,004

    Heating up our oceans, one Bing powered pr0n search at a time.

    Who am I kidding, that's not realistic. Nobody uses Bing.
     
  7. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 755   +372

    Would be sad if that happened. Lowering costs of data centers by killing things we share this planet with isn't something a civilized and advanced country should do.
     
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  8. onestepforward

    onestepforward TS Booster Posts: 108   +42

    I guess that we will need a smart scientist to invent something that might be called "sound proofing". Not only will it be able to be used in these data centres, but also in recording studios and in cars to reduce sound. There's no end to the possibilities! I just hope to live long enough to see it happen. /s
     
  9. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,401   +2,946

    I was initially thinking smaller, like jellyfish. Some innocently humming devices can attract jellyfish, others can scare it away. Either way, we shouldn't dump things in the water that we do not understand what it does to underwater life, since so much of it relies on ultrasounds.
     
  10. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Guru Posts: 355   +99

    Say the person named Squid Surprise : ) Seriously though, watch out for laser shark.
     
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  11. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,266   +4,935

    That might would be funny, if it were true.
     
  12. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 862   +367

    Would rather they put them in the arctic areas, cooling is a breeze, power is a breeze (Nuclear, Solar, or wind all good options up there). Distance is the only downside but fiber has become so easy to lay and if the latency wouldn't be to bad there is always satellite. Don't have to worry about noise if no one lives there (other than workers) and don't have to worry about cost since land is practically free up there.
     
  13. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,170   +1,590

    My main concern as well is environmental impact as well. If they are going through with this, I would hope that they would be placed in a harbor. Also, I'm curious what the heat output is.
     
  14. Ted Ingersol

    Ted Ingersol TS Rookie

    If this works out, it's only a matter of time before some mad-man tries to build a city on the ocean floor...
     
  15. Bubbajim

    Bubbajim TechSpot Staff Posts: 657   +633

    Username checks out.
     
  16. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 755   +372

    And then proceed and make mutant girls which can give you powers if you kill them.
     
  17. beardrinksbeer

    beardrinksbeer TS Member Posts: 24

    I would prefer them to be in fresh water than salt water due to the corrosive nature
     
  18. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 567   +246

    That would really be 'outlandish'.
     

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