Google ‘building floating data center’


An enormous floating barge has been spotted in San Francisco Bay, and tech-savvy sleuths suspect it is a massive data center being constructed by Google, the CNET blog reported.

The floating structure “stands about four stories high and was made with a series of modern cargo containers. . . . Locals refer to it as the secret project,” CNET wrote. “It’s all but certain that Google is the entity that is building the massive structure that’s in plain sight, but behind tight security.” CNET noted that Google “has a history of putting data centers in places with cheap cooling, as well as undertaking odd and unexpected projects like trying to bring Internet access to developing nations via balloons and blimps.”

The barge is located off Treasure Island, an artificial island between San Francisco and Oakland in San Francisco Bay. CNET said Google is also linked to a huge hangar on Treasure Island.