Could underwater data centre's become the norm? With the sea being 125 miles or less to half the world's population, it makes sense logically as it will decrease data travel time.
Data centre currently have huge costs attached, particularly linked to air conditioning, which an underwater solution could help resolve.
If going under water could make things quicker and therefore easier for consumers, cloud providers should be quick to harness this change in direction. Improvement in content delivery would be most welcome. However there is the question of what would happen if faults were to become apparent? It would be much more difficult to fix them, costing the business and their consumers time and money. This could impact reputation and ultimately the bottom line.
With the project now in the analysis stage it is to early to tell whether this could be the way forward. Who knows perhaps we will all be singing under the sea soon...
Putting the data centre in the ocean eliminated the need for cooling and, in future, if such centres could be colocated with offshore renewable energy sources, they could also produce zero emissions, according to Microsoft.