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Google's patent for underwater data center

posted Sep 28, 2012, 4:42 PM by Gabriella Levine

Just following up to post about Google's underwater viewpoints:

Here's a link to a blog post about Google's patent for underwater data centers, which are intended to be wave powered and cooled by sea water.

Really cool:

The offshore data centers would site 3 to 7 miles offshore and float in about 50 to 70 meters of water.

Will Google build these underwater data centers? 

"Does Google have any intention of actually building these floating data centers? Many in the data center community are deeply skeptical about the concept, and find it difficult to believe that Google would ever pursue such a project.

So here’s the interesting precedent: In December 2003 Google applied for a patent for a portable data center in a shipping container, which was awarded in Oct. 2007. At last month’s Efficient Data Center Summit, we learned that Google deployed its first container data center in the fall of 2005, less than two years after filing its patent application."