A mysterious barge floating in the San Francisco Bay may or may not belong to Google.
The tech company hasn’t commented on the giant ship yet but local reporters have pretty much tied Google to the secret barge.
So, on to the next question: What is it?
USA Today posted two theories about the mysterious barge in San Francisco. The first claims that Google is secretly developing a store, similar to the Apple Store, where it will start selling Google Glass products. The other theory is that it might be a water-based data center.
CNN reporters agree with the data center idea and believe that Google may have several secret barges around the world. Google already has data centers around the world and there are some advantages to moving those to water. They would be easier to cool and may be able to survive a natural disaster. Unless that disaster is a typhoon of course.
The main piece of evidence supporting the data center theory is a patent that Google received in 2009 for such a project.
Cnet writes: “One expert who was shown pictures of the structure thinks so, especially because being on a barge provides easy access to a source of cooling, as well as an inexpensive source of power — the sea. And even more tellingly, Google was granted a patent in 2009 for a floating data center, and putting data centers inside shipping containers is already a well-established practice.”
Google isn’t talking about the mysterious barge and whatever is going on in the San Francisco Bay is happening under tight security.
A Treasure Island local, where most of the construction is taking place, said: “I can’t tell you [what the project is] but you’ll see it soon enough, and it’ll be really cool.”
[Note: Photo above is not of Google Barge.]