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Does Google's floating data center plan hold water?

Sharon Gaudin | Oct. 30, 2013
Speculation swirls around two mysterious barges as officials remain tight-lipped

Christian Perry, an analyst with Technology Business Research, said there could be serious benefits from offshore data centers.

"As cloud deployments grow in size and scope, the need for alternative data centre infrastructures becomes more critical," he explained. "The more dense the data centre server environments become, the bigger the challenges with power and cooling. Denser server architectures output more heat, which in turn demands more cooling. We'll see this increasingly with hyper-scale deployments geared for the cloud."

And Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research, said if Google does test floating data centers with some success, it would be a big innovation for the industry.

"They'd have cheap space and unlimited power if it's really powered off of waves," he said. "Google likes to throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks."

 

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