The data center—which Microsoft sunk off the coast of Scotlands Orkney Islands in 2018—resembles a large, airtight fuel tank. After two years on the seafloor, it is now blanketed in algae, barnacles, and cantaloupe sized sea anemones. But Microsoft Special Projects researcher Spencer Fowers said in the announcement the company was “pretty impressed” at the lack of “hardened marine growth.” Inside, 864 servers with a collective 27.6 petabytes of storage and cooling infrastructure braved the...

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