Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish archipelago

Microsoft sinks data centre off Scottish archipelagoUS tech giant Microsoft has submerged a data centre off the Orkney archipelago in northern Scotland in a project to save on the energy used to cool the servers on land, the firm said Wednesday. The Northern Isles data centre consists of a 40-foot (12.2 metre) long white cylinder containing 864 servers — enough to store five million movies — and can lie on the seabed for up to five years. “More than half of the world’s population lives within about 120 miles of the coast,” Microsoft said on its website, describing the data centre as a “milestone” for the company.

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