Barge In San Francisco Bay Thought To Be Secret Google Data Center
Daniel Terdiman at CNET dug deep while investigating a mysterious barge structure that has appeared under construction in San Francisco Bay. While not finding any definitive evidence, the writer makes a convincing case that the barge is a floating data center secretly being built by Google.
The barge sports a building constructed from shipping containers. Terdiman notes that companies like Dell, Microsoft, and Hewlett-Packard have already been using data centers built in shipping containers for ease of deployment. And putting a center on a barge could not only aid transportation, but provide a major source of cooling fluid.
The author also points out that Google was granted a patent for a floating data center in 2009.
The evidence only became stronger when Terdiman began snooping around the hanger at San Francisco’s Treasure Island where the structure was built. He found a closely guarded secret compound, and a paper trail that repeatedly led to Google employees and associates who “were not available for comment.”
Google has had many ventures recently aimed at increasing the availability of high speed internet. Google Fiber provides affordable broadband to Kansas City, and was recently expanded to Austin; and Google Loon is an experimental program to provide wireless internet to rural and disaster-stricken areas through floating networks of servers mounted on weather balloons.
Portable data centers can also improve processing by providing local hubs.