Datacenters could be destined to leave dry land if search giant Google has its way.
In 2008, Google floated the idea of putting datacenters on platforms that would sit three to seven miles offshore, and won a patent for the idea in 2009.
Potential advantages range from the availability of wind and wave power and seawater cooling, to the absence of property taxes and building regulations.
Google envisions that the datacenters would be modular and constructed on land inside standard shipping containers before being hauled via truck to ships and then unloaded onto floating pontoons.
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