Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Databarge: Offshore Different



Wow, just saw this article about Google putting their data centers out to sea. It's a cute idea. You wouldn't want to put it into the Gulf of Mexico or any other hurricane prone area.

Advantages:

  • No property taxes
  • Free wave energy
  • Carbon free computing
Disadvantages
  • Natural disasters (tsunami, hurricane, etc.)
  • Environmental impact (could interfere with marine life)
  • Hard to protect from the bad guys (pirates!)
  • Difficult network connectivity (satellite or undersea cable)
This might be good for some long term compute project that doesn't require a lot of bandwidth. Maybe some genetic algorithm number crunching...

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