News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Gartner ranks Druva #1
in overall product rating for enterprise endpoint backup
for the second year in a row!
You are here: Home / Innovation / Google Barges for Learning Centers?
Real-time info services with Neustar
Did Google Really Solve the Barge Mystery?
Did Google Really Solve the Barge Mystery?
By Seth Fitzgerald / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
NOVEMBER
07
2013



Despite the many grandiose ideas that have come out since the media attained photos and information on two mysterious barges connected to Google, the company has finally spilled the beans. Unlike what many people had hoped, the barges will not be used for water-cooled data centers. Instead, they will house interactive learning centers.

What is interesting, however, is the open-ended press release provided by Google. Although the company notes that it is currently planning on using the barges for the learning centers, it seemed to imply that those plans could change before it actually opens the barges to the public.

Not A Data Center

According to its press release entitled, "Google Barge . . . A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above.” Google will be using the structures, which are currently being built on the East and West coasts, for learning centers, where people can try out new technologies.

For the past month, people have assumed that Google would be using the barges for data centers, and there were definitely reasons for that assumption. First of all, the identical structures still seem to be an odd shape and size to accommodate people going in and out of them. And various engineers expressed their doubts that the barges could be used for showrooms. Combine that with the fact that Google has a patent for an ocean-cooled data center, and the idea of using it for a learning center seemed unlikely.

The learning center plan fits with rumors suggesting Google would use the barges as showrooms for Google Glass (and any similar devices). Now that Google has released some information on the structures, we know that the company will indeed outfit the barges with tons of its latest technologies.

Open To Speculation

Google's press release did very little to ease speculation surrounding what the barges will be used for, as the company stated, "Although it's still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."

"Exploring" the potential to use the barges for interactive learning centers is by no means saying that the plans are set in stone. For all we know, Google may be using these plans as a way to dampen the speculation until it is ready to actually announce its real intentions.

It is possible that the structures will house showrooms but there are some definite issues with that idea. Tech publications have already spoken with engineers who simply cannot see the barges housing any sort of showroom.

For now, we will have to take Google's word for it and assume that the barges are meant for learning centers, but the company's own press release definitely leaves room for speculation.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

J:

Posted: 2013-11-07 @ 1:28pm PT
It's a holodeck!

funguseater:

Posted: 2013-11-07 @ 1:05pm PT
HoloDeck ver 0.1 Alpha

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN INNOVATION
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.