Microsoft’s long-term vision is to be able to create large data centers several miles off the coast, operating 600 feet under the surface with only a network connection. Power would be generated from offshore sources, either from wind power or turbines driven by ocean currents. These data centers would consist of a series of unmanned data center modules, effectively larger versions of the Project Natick deployment.
While the sustainability profile is excellent, Microsoft is perhaps more focused on the potential business benefits of Project Natick. These include: