The origin and purpose of the structure (previously linked to another mysterious entity called Hangar 3) are still officially unknown, but if CNET's report is on-target, it correlates perfectly with Google's original plans to, indeed, build a large floating data center. Its initial patent was so well-regarded that Time even named it one of the best inventions of the year. Now it seems likely the watery compound will come to fruition.
Being the Internet's most powerful database, it's not surprising Google would create even more innovative locations to store that information. What are the benefits of doing so in San Francisco waters? According to Quartz, proximity to Google's other core California facilities is key, as is temperature control. "Ocean water provides a natural source of coolant for a data center, and cooling is such a critical issue in data centers that companies like Facebook have started building them above the Arctic Circle." This all feels very much like life imitating art, don't you think? (CNET and Quartz)