an over-the-top data center

Seth Mattinen sethm at rollernet.us
Mon Dec 1 13:30:51 CST 2008


Patrick W. Gilmore wrote:
> On Dec 1, 2008, at 2:19 PM, Lyndon Nerenberg wrote:
>> On 1-Dec-08, at 10:27 AM, Danny McPherson wrote:
>>
>>> On a related noted, some have professed that adapting old
>>> ships into data centers would provide eco-friendly secure
>>> data center solutions.
>>
>> Your data connection to shore is going to be tenuous at best. One good 
>> blow strong enough to make you drag anchor and you kiss goodbye your 
>> fibre trunk connection. Putting that back in service is a bit more 
>> than a four hour splice job.
> 
> Not if the ship is literally encased in concrete at the shore.  Which 
> solves all your other problems as well.
> 
> There are even examples of actual free-floating ships which have been 
> stable for a decade or more.  See the floating casinos in Louisiana, 
> which have been hit by hurricanes, and are still attached to shore by 
> electricity, bits, and physically.
> 

The same ones that were moved inland and deposited on top of someone's 
house? Hardly a good example of stable.

http://www.katrina.noaa.gov/helicopter/images/katrina-biloxi-miss-grand-casino2-2005.jpg

~Seth




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