Microsoft – Project Natick

Despite being as powerful as several thousand high-end consumer PCs, the data centre uses minimal energy as it’s naturally cooled.

Cindy Rose

Microsoft - UK Chief Executive Officer

Tech giant Microsoft has sunk a data centre in the sea off Orkney powered by renewable energy, and OptaNet are proud to have been associated with such a ground-breaking project.

By utilising the sea, Microsoft have a free and accessible resource for cooling, something that is costly when on-land. The data centre is 40ft in length containing 864 servers. The centre could be left in the sea for up to five years.

Much like the Microsoft Marea Project, OptaNet were on-hand to provide our expertise and to guarantee that this project was delivered successfully.

David Elliott, OptaNet Managing Director commented “We have a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, going back to 1998. As such, we were well positioned to assist in such as revolutionary project such as this.”


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