Microsoft's Project Natick adds webcams for live underwater streaming


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Curious to see what's happening at an underwater data center? Like you, it's not atop our list of things to do today either, but the more you learn about Microsoft's underwater data center test project (dubbed Project Natick 2), the more you'll be intrigued. 

According to Microsoft, "Project Natick is a research project to build an underwater datacenter. Microsoft is investigating the numerous potential benefits that a standard, manufacturable, deployable undersea datacenter could provide to cloud users all over the world. It aims to demonstrate that we can economically manufacture full scale undersea datacenter modules and deploy them in under 90 days from decision to power on. The Phase 2 vessel was deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre located in the Orkney Islands, UK in June of 2018."

Within the capsule, there are 12 racks containing 864 standard Microsoft datacenter servers with FPGA acceleration and 27.6 petabytes of disk. This Natick datacenter is as powerful as several thousand high end consumer PCs and has enough storage for about 5 million movies.

To learn all about it, and to view the webcams, click HERE


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