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Google Building Something on a Barge in San Francisco Bay

The mystery surrounding a large structure built on a barge docked in San Francisco bay is deepening. Is it a floating Google data center? A floating Google Glass store? Or something else altogether?

On Friday, I reported exclusively that a company, very likely Google, has set up shop on Treasure Island, located between San Francisco and Oakland, and has been building a large structure made from shipping, or cargo, containers on a barge. Some evidence suggests it might be a floating data center, including the fact that Google itself has a patent for such a concept.

Source: CNET. Read full article. (link)

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  • LilDebbie||

    They're in for a rude awakening when they run afoul of accusations that "your offshore datacenter is disrupting fish migration/contributing to the warming of the oceans/we hate progress but call ourselves progressives."

    Okay maybe that last one wasn't an accusation.

    Otherwise makes sense. They're already boxing datacenters in old shipping containers as UL-certified appliances. Can't be too hard to waterproof and float 'em. Plus you have a convenient source for liquid cooling.

  • Sevo||

    "Google Planning Offshore Data Barges"
    September 6th, 2008
    ..." this approach could be used to build 40 megawatt data centers that don’t require real estate or property taxes."...
    http://www.datacenterknowledge.....ta-barges/
    Oh NOOOO! No RE or property taxes?! Not paying fair share?!
    BTW, Page's yacht was tied up at Elison's AC Pier 80 facility for several weeks this fall. Nice looking boat!

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