Google May Already Be Launching Floating Data Centers Off U.S. Coasts


Google, probably the most world’s largest customers of data, could finally be making excellent on a five yr-previous patent to construct offshore knowledge facilities — cooled and powered via the ocean, and probably past reach of the federal government.

An investigative record through CNET Friday found an excessive amount of proof connecting the quest massive to the mysterious “building three” on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, above. The constructing appears to the bottom for a mysterious 4-story construction on a nearby barge that specialists say is in keeping with a floating information center.

in the meantime, an extraordinarily equivalent 4-story constructing was towed on a barge into harbor in Portland, Maine, two weeks ago. On Wednesday, the Portland Herald speculated that the barge can have one thing to do with Google’s offshore data heart patent.

The Portland barge is registered to the identical shell company connected to the Treasure Island operation, known as by using and large — similar to the fictional “purchase and massive” company featured in several Pixar movies. It seems somebody at Google is a Pixar fan.

The patent Google filed in 2008, granted in 2009, describes a knowledge middle on a ship that’s perpetually powered by means of ocean currents. It makes use of seawater to chill the servers.

Regulating temperature is likely one of the major costs in maintaining an information middle. In recent years, the electrical energy used to power data centers has been climbing toward 2% of whole electricity utilization within the U.S.

maintaining data in the oceans would minimize millions from Google’s knowledge storage prices. And it could actually’t have failed to escape the company’s attention that hanging data facilities in global waters would theoretically put it past the attain of presidency interference. Sorry, NSA.

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