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.