Google is reportedly speculated to be building what appears to be an oversized ‘floating data center’ in San Francisco Bay’s Treasure Island.
Although, the search giant is tight-lipped about the large structure made of cargo containers which is heavily guarded, it has been revealed that the company was indeed granted a patent in 2009 for constructing a floating data center. According to Cnet, the grand structure is about four stories high, and being made of cargo containers is fit to be a data centre for being on a barge provides it an easy access to a source of cooling, as well as an inexpensive source of power, the sea.
Experts believe that the structure looks like a data centre because the cutouts in the long walls of the containers, when lined up, make hallways and all sorts of mainframes can be put into the containers. However, Treasure Island director of island operations Mirian Saez said that the Hangar 3, which the structure lies, is actually leased to a company names By and Large and not Google.
Interestingly, in order to get through the otherwise-unlinked to Google company, one needs to talk to Tim Brandon, who’s current social media profile states his current responsibility as ‘Lead and manage all acquisition and disposition activity for Google's Silicon Valley portfolio’. Island locals, who call it the ‘secret project’ have also revealed that those who work on the project, possibly Google employees, as they pay with Google credit cards, themselves do not know what they are building.
C & C Marine and Repair, the builder of the 250 feet long, 72 feet wide, and 16 feet deep barge said that a vessel like BAL 0010 is capable of going ‘anywhere the owner can take it’, including into open water.