Does Google’s floating data center plan hold water?

With speculation swirling that two mysterious barges on either side of the U.S. are evidence Google’s working on floating data centers, analysts say the company would have a lot of obstacles to overcome for that idea to become a reality.

“It’s not that far fetched,” said David Cappuccio, a vice president and chief of research at Gartner Inc. “You have to be somebody of Google’s size to even consider this.”

The two barges — one docked in San Francisco Bay and the other docked in the harbor in Portland, Me. — produced a barrage of questions and rumors in those communities. Then people realized the two barges are owned by the same company and have very similar names, prompting even more speculation.

SOURCE: computerworld.com

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