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Microsoft hauls algae-ridden data centre from the sea floor

Microsoft says underwater data centres are not just feasible but even more reliable than their land-dwelling counterparts after succesfully concluding an experimental subsea data centre project.

This summer, Microsoft retrieved a container-sized data centre dropped 118-feet deep to the Scottish seafloor in spring 2018 as part of Phase II of Project Natick, a two-year research effort investigating the performance, reliability and viability of submerged servers.


Azure data centre cooling failure takes down UK coronavirus data dashboard

A cooling failure at an Azure data centre in the UK has sparked system problems for organisations across the country, including Public Health England’s (PHE) coronavirus case dashboard.

The platform is used to track the number of new positive coronavirus cases and reported deaths linked to the virus in England and is normally updated daily.


Amazon enraged as DoD stands by Microsoft JEDI decision

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has reaffirmed its decision to award Microsoft with a major military cloud contract in the latest blow to Amazon’s attempts to overturn the award.

In March, the DoD said it would launch a reevaluation of its decision to address Amazon’s claims the JEDI award was based on politics instead of the merit of the respective cloud provider’s proposals.


Microsoft’s submarine data centre is processing Covid-19 research workloads

An experimental data centre Microsoft sunk in the sea off the Scottish coast is being used to process workloads that could help scientists understand and design treatments for Covid-19.

Microsoft, which plunged the data centre into the sea off Orkney in 2018 as part of Project Natick, revealed the Folding@home computing project is harnessing the facility’s processing power to research viral proteins that cause Covid-19 in a bid to design therapeutics that might thwart it.

The Folding@home research project simulates protein dynamics to get a feel for protein complexity. These simulations can identify sites on a viral protein that potential treatments could bind to, for instance.


Microsoft strikes sweeping cloud deal with NHS

A new deal with Microsoft to supply its cloud-based digital tools to hospitals and medical services across England will save hundreds of millions of pounds, the NHS has said.

As many as 1.2 million staff across the NHS will gain access to the tech giant’s productivity and collaboration apps, in a move designed to ease the administrative burden on doctors and nurses.

The health service said the move will create a “truly joined-up NHS”, allowing various organisations within the system to work more seamlessly together.



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