After CNET reported Google may be building a floating data center in San Francisco Bay, a KPIX report suggested it’s actually a floating Google Glass store. Either way, it’s almost certainly Google behind the project, reports Daniel Terdiman.
But is Google really making a retail structures out of dozens of narrow shipping containers with few windows?
Joel Egan, the principal at Cargotecture, believes you’d need big open spaces, and a building made from the “little cubbies” that are inside shipping containers doesn’t seem practical. Plus, Egan said, there would need to be lots of exits, something that doesn’t appear to the case on the structure in San Francisco Bay.
My favorite conspiracy theory is a data center in international waters, designed to tap directly into submarine cables.
The cable ship Global Sentinel has completed surveying Unity cable which links Japan and the United States. Unity Cable starts in Japan and terminates in Hermosa Beach, California. Google is an investor.
The cable was completed in April 2010 and has five fiber pairs, with each fiber pair capable of carrying up to 960 Gigabits per second (Gbps). By having a high fiber count, Unity is able to offer more capacity at lower unit costs. It is said to have a capacity of up to 7.68 Tbit/s.
The Unity Consortium comprises Bharti Airtel, Global Transit, Google, KDDI Corp., Pacnet, and SingTel. It represents a new type of consortium, a system within a system, offering ownership and management of individual fiber pairs for each consortium member. The Unity submarine cable lands at Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, which is about 20 miles away from One Wilshire Data Center where Unity terminal equipment installed.
Google, which is now rumored to be planning Unity-2, is also an investor in the SJC pan-Asian cable, and is building three data centre sites in Asia. It will deliver the lowest latency connectivity between Asia and the U.S., specifically from Singapore to Los Angeles.
Low latency, of course, is vital for high frequency trading. To reduce latency microwaves connect between New York and Chicago . Strike Technologies, built the microwave connection between Chicago and Nasdaq, saving just over four milliseconds between the two markets.
Hibernia Atlantic plans a new New York–London link intended to shave 311 miles off the usual distance, cutting the round-trip message time from 65 milliseconds to just under 60. It will do this by taking a great-circle route.
I’m not suggesting any sinister conspiracy theory, but a Google Glass project seems like a lame cover story. Google’s floating platform makes a better a movie plot device.