(The Hosting News) – Google’s innovation may be leading the tech giant to floating data centers. Yes, that’s right, floating. According to a CNET report on Friday, a floating barge located in San Francisco Bay likely belongs to the search giant.
And while it’s definitely not confirmed what the structure is all about, Google previously filed a patent in 2009 for a water-based data center.
You can see pictures of the mysterious structure by viewing CNET’s report (news.cnet.com).
The barge itself is said to be 250 feet long.
At least one experts has examined pictures of the structure and believes it could be a data center. “The cutouts in the long walls of the containers, when they line up, they make hallways,” stated Cargotecture principal Joel Egan via CNET’s report.
Egan continued, “You could put all sorts of mainframes into the containers…It doesn’t have enough windows for an office building.”
Google could be using a water-based data center conveniently located on water as a cooling resource.
So is it a data center or something else? We’ll have to stay tuned. And while the idea of a data center sinking into water would be disastrous, we wouldn’t put it past Google to invent something truly new and innovative like a floating data center.
The tech giant currently operates facilities worldwide in locations including Oregon (U.S.), Chile, Taiwan, Finland and other places.