Google has filed a patent application for water based data centers. The proposed idea is to have ships full of servers, storage systems  and networking gear, anchored up to 7 miles offshore. They could also be mobilized when needed to serve regions where it’s not feasible to build a data center on land. The data barges would be powered by the motion of waves and cooled by the ocean water. Added bonus: the offshore status means no more property taxes.

[via Times Online & Marginal Revolution]

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