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Weird data center locations: Google's floating data center

This sixth weird data location is the ocean. Google's patent calls for floating data centers that would sit 3 to 7 miles offshore.


#6: Google's floating data center

Patent image of Google's plans for floating data centers
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In 2008, Google filed for a patent for a first-of-its-kind "floating data center." The patent calls for electricity by way of waves, and cooling with sea water. According to the patent, the "floating platform-mounted data center[s] comprising a plurality of computing units" would sit 3 to 7 miles offshore.

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This was last published in April 2010
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