For any Recruiter an office flood would be a disaster, but could you imagine the pain and cost to an entire Recruitment business?? It could quite literally be terminal.
Especially a recruitment business, where data is 'King'.
The fact is, water and computers tend not to mix well, nor does water and filing cabinets for the old-school amongst you!
I was really interested to see so many articles recently relating to the fact that Microsoft has actually taken steps to explore the benefits of sinking a data centre under water, just off Orkney.
Building a data centre isn't cheap. Land isn't cheap, they're big, often ugly and take a huge amount of electricity to keep cool, and so this sounds like a great idea.
A low teck solution to a hi teck problem indeed.
Seems that when it comes to innovation Microsoft are on the crest of a wave.
Microsoft has sunk a data centre in the sea off Orkney to investigate whether it can boost energy efficiency. The data centre, a white cylinder containing computers, could sit on the sea floor for up to five years. An undersea cable brings the data centre power and takes its data to the shore and the wider internet - but if the computers onboard break, they cannot be repaired. "We think we actually get much better cooling underwater than on land," says Ben Cutler, who is in charge of what Microsoft has dubbed Project Natick. "Additionally because there are no people, we can take all the oxygen and most of the water vapour out of the atmosphere which reduces corrosion, which is a significant problem in data centres."