As consumer interest with desktops and classic software suites faces a sharp decline due to the ceaseless presence of social media deconstructing the English language and redefining traditional roles of intellectual productivity, the tech “granddaddy of them all”, Microsoft is experimenting with innovative measures of redundancy to stay relevant. The gravitation of corporate engineers towards meticulous bug hunters, rather than unleashing novel generations of Office applications, is indicative of the strident culture of social justice warriors who have their sites set on the destabilization of the entire Silicon Valley vertical market. The entire petty tiff is the result of the social networking tycoons welcoming the political extremes in anticipation of the 2020 election, through conservative viewpoints are disproportionally limited and subject to shadow bans enforced by cruel mercenaries of the thought police.
What was supposed to be a five year mission and time capsule into the near future exploring innovation ended up concluding after mere months, but with conclusive results. The prodigious software firm opted to take the edge off the ultraviolet with an endorphin stimulating LSD grade thought experiment turned hardcore engineering accomplishment beneath the untainted and temperamental waters abutting the shores of the stark Orkney Islands. The ability of Microsoft to at least temporarily exist within the confines of reason, gives hope to the sustainability and resolve of the business community in staying relevant and providing jobs and maintaining economic growth.
With interstellar hopes of grandeur at stake, the company capturing Bill Gate’s alter ego, figuratively leased the borderline nightmarish environment of the ocean depths to test the resolve of 864 servers with no human intervention or scheduled maintenance, 117 feet under ominous whirlpools and treacherous currents off the Scottish coast. Protected from the inherent and unrelenting corrosion and pressures by the metal reinforced carapace of a deftly engineered modified diving bell, the firmware of Project Natick was left to the whim of the tides. Contained inside the adroitly terraformed controlled atmosphere roughly the size of an industrial shipping container, the hardware was tasked with preserving the integrity of data at a level matching the rigorous standards of terrestrial servers cohabiting office parks globally, expectations that are notably absent at the assorted corporate campuses of the social networks overlords bent on profiting from bureaucratic grants in continually leaving privileged information vulnerable to the alliance of furtive hacking union. Of course, the entire array of solid state equipment was hardwired into the digital matrix, including a dedicated power source supplying the required voltage maintaining a basic system of redundancy from a nearby shore interface connecting the infrastructure online through a universal node.
As the ambitious project was unveiled in a ceremony of transparency and undulation, though premature according to the engineered specifications of the original design, the net results yielded a rare glimpse of optimism amidst a jaded and condescending stagnant world of visceral aversions. A sanguine and productive distraction temporarily quenching the thirst for an inkling and semblance of positivity in the world. Sheltered from the unrelenting noise of the polarizing masses, the walls of the server interface mottled with a canvas of marine life and the precious internal contents, were successfully liberated from the pressures and darkness. One of the best kept secrets of the tech world, is the daunting prevalence of infrastructure devoted to the dynamic nature of information, and it all comes down to heat displacement and the basic laws of physics. With the shear amount of devices dispersed among billions of end users, and the interaction with apps and services, the strain on the current system in terms of energy displacement and overall usage is staggering.
Due to the thermodynamically neutral conditions of the Orkney marine stage and a myriad of cold water currents, and the masterful design of the probe mitigated by 1 atmosphere of nitrogen, heat exchange and decay was minimized, and the servers performed at a superior level of unsupervised mastery. Heat was traded with the chilly sea water being pumped adjacent to the severs, a method that proved a recipe for success. Only seven of the digital storage units failed, displaying eight times as much efficiency as their landbound counterparts. The ramifications of such a symphony merely abscond and traverse the very ideals of an ingenuitive marvel spanning the applications of the contemporary brainstorming efforts transforming science fiction and dreams into the tangible force of applicable mechanics.
With the tech companies gravitating towards bold campaigns made possible by the infusion of billions of tycoon pocket change dollars making possible any concept and armed with a battalion of powerhouse lawyers, the sky, the seas, and the entirety of the planet become viable business ventures as the present bleeds over into the future. While the majority of mega projects fizzle out as technology is exponentially compartmentalized with a frenetic rush of the innovative, at times the grand scale endeavors hit actually their mark. One of most understated secrets in the world has been the massive server submerged infrastructure, a daunting engineering framework that challenges the basic laws of physics. As the product of information and data being transferred through billions of devices is heat, an inevitability that humanity cannot escape from as the cosmic checkbook must constantly be balanced. Lateral thinkers at Microsoft, are definitely onto something with the Orkney Island data center producing intriguing results, as the depths of empty oceans and seas may provide the optimal destination for a natural cooling system in the constantly expanding storage and processing interfaces responsible for the continued existence of the digital hinterland.
Critics and skeptics have brazenly retorted that server farms housed within the crushing depths of the dense columns of water will cause a a potential rise in proximal sea temperatures, a concern that architects involved with the project have addressed. The energy swap will have minimal impact as in two decimal points to the right of zero in the mercury. Disturbingly, the most staunch followers of the Green movement are so jaded by the possibility of human intervention equating to miniscule environmental impact, that the complete indoctrination and radicalization of what was once a reasonable stance on science, is blinding the pundits to the benefits of effective engineering. Climate activists literally frothing at the mouth in a coordinated backlash to the gesture of F***book and other communities in allowing a segment of conservative advocates to remain relevant within the confines of the platform, are primed to throw a monkey wrench into the further development of the digital dream world at the cost of baseline sanity and a minimum standard of order. When information overload and the subsequent effects on the energy grid reach an impasse, pressure from all sides will be on the digital architects to alter their policies or else.
The possible end result of the Project Natick is an efficient mechanism for big data storage that removes pessimism from all the doubters. While the endgame which transcends belief is not currently possible when weighed against available resources, it is apparent that the underwater laboratory is on the right track.
The brilliance of the Jules Verne model of a functioning nautilus is a testament to the relevant foreshadowing of a world at a threshold. While critics and climate alarmists have castigated the venture to the extent of criticizing the invasion of the diving bell inflicting irreputable damage to the marine domain, Microsoft is literally looking toward the heavens. As the hysterical concerns over the environment and the onus of humankind as to the negative terraforming of the planet and the alleged destruction to the climate is severely overblown, the legacy of Gates has the last laugh. While the temperatures and depths of the oceans may provide a brief respite for the future growth of the entire matrix, the next step may be contained within off world options. The marketing term alone sparking visions of zero gravity data centers floating above the earth is worth its weight in gold. Imagine an orbiting array self-governing data centers floating at the Lagrange points near the lunar orbit and freeing humanity from the shackles and vulnerability of a plausible hazardous terrestrial coexistence with the inherent devil at the intersection between the lucrative and culpability. And the joke may be on the sympathizers of Al Gore’s much maligned Green New Deal for lacking inspiration that exceeds five word slogans.
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