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[CNET] Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San Francisco Bay. And Google's fingerprints are all over it.

It's unclear what's inside the structure, which stands about four stories high and was made with a series of modern cargo containers. The same goes for when it will be unveiled, but the big tease has already begun. Locals refer to it as the secret project.

source : http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57608585-93/is-google-building-a-hulking-floating-data-center-in-sf-bay/?ttag=fbwp

So this might be a data center. The thing I'm excited about is that there might be a way for Google to put this center off-shore and by doing that eliminate NSA data collection being possible from that center.

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Edit: My apologies for the original format error
Edited by zucciniknife - 10/26/13 at 3:07pm
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Originally Posted by zucciniknife View Post

source : http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57608585-93/is-google-building-a-hulking-floating-data-center-in-sf-bay/?ttag=fbwp

So this might be a data center. The thing I'm excited about is that there might be a way for Google to put this center off-shore and by doing that eliminate NSA data collection being possible from that center.

It wouldn't.... they would still need data links and Google is still a US company...
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Wow they went a little overboard trying to figure out what was going on there lachen.gif.

I find the idea of a floating data center to be pretty interesting. Hopefully that is what it will be.
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cool
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Google declined to comment because they themselves dont know what their funds are building. This is the culmination of secret plans laid by Google's artificial intelligence that controls data flow in all their datacenters. The end is about to begin.
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Hmmm, by putting it out on the water you could send pipes deep down into the water to collect nice and cool water for the cooling. Could be pretty awesome if they do that.
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you sank my data center
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It wouldn't.... they would still need data links and Google is still a US company...

What sort of links do you think they'd use? Taps into undersea seem impractical without significant cooperation between an number of entities.

Satellite would be another option, but you'd need one man of a satellite to do it. Something like HughesNet's 300Gb/s EchoStar unit.

Very curious....

EDIT: A commenter posted this:

By and Large is an anagram for DY LAN BARGE, "DY" being a common abbreviation in diesel ship designations. Keep an eye for ship registrations under this name or a combination of these words.
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I think its funny that Google chooses Buy and Large as the company name. Buy and Large is present in Wall-E and many other Pixar films.
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What if:

1. Google was building data centers that could be mobile and used in areas where there is conflict/outage/etc.
2. Google is building a proprietary internet and is looking to run the internet for the whole world and making sure that it's free (or very fairly priced) for everyone.
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