(10/31/2013 – Mountain View, California) â€“ Close examination of Googleâ€™s data center construction related purchases has revealed the procurement of large scale deep earth mining equipment. While the actual need for the deep mining gear is unclear, many speculate that it has to do with a secretive internal project that has come to light known only as Project: Rabbit Ears.
According to sources not at all familiar with Google technology infrastructure strategy, Project Rabbit ears is the natural outgrowth of Googleâ€™ desire to provide ubiquitous infrastructure world wide. On the surface, these efforts seem consistent with other incorrectly speculated projects such as Project Loon, Googleâ€™s attempt to provide Internet services to residents in the upper atmosphere through the use of high altitude balloons, and a project that has only recently become visible and the source of much public debate â€“ known as â€˜Project Floating Herringâ€™, where apparently a significantly sized floating barge with modular container-based data centers sitting in the San Francisco Bay has been spied.
â€œYou will notice there is no power or network infrastructure going to any of those data center shipping containers,â€ said John Knownothing, chief Engineer at Dubious Lee Technical Engineering Credibility Corp. â€œThatâ€™s because they have mastered wireless electrical transfer at the large multi-megawatt scale.â€
Real Estate rates in the Bay Area have increased almost exponentially over the last ten years making the construction of large scale data center facilities an expensive endeavor. During the same period, The Port of San Francisco has unfortunately seen a steady decline of its import export trade. After a deep analysis it was discovered that docking fees in the Port of San Francisco are considerably undervalued and will provide Google with an incredibly cheap real estate option in one of the most expensive markets in the world.
It will also allow them to expand their use of renewable energy through the use of tidal power generation built directly into the barges hull. â€œThey may be able to collect as much as 30 kilowatts of power sitting on the top of the water like thatâ€, continues Knownothing, â€œand while none of that technology is actually visible, possible, or exists, we are certain that Google has it.â€
While the technical intricacies of the project fascinate many, the initiative does have its critics like Compass Data Center CEO, Chris Crosby, who laments the potential social aspects of this approach, â€œLife at sea can be lonely, and no one wants to think about what might happen when a bunch of drunken data center engineers hit port.â€ Additionally, Crosby mentions the potential for a backslide of human rights violations, â€œI think we can all agree that the prospect of being flogged or keel hauled really narrows down the possibility for those outage causing human errors. Of course, this sterner level of discipline does open up the possibility of mutiny.â€
However, the public launch of Project Floating Herring will certainly need to await the delivery of the more shrouded Project Rabbit Ears for various reasons. Most specifically the primary reason for the development of this technology is so that Google can ultimately drive the floating facility out past twelve miles into International waters where it can then dodge all national, regional, and local taxation, the safe harbor and privacy legislation of any country or national entity on the planet that would use its services. In order to realize that vision, in the current network paradigm, Google would need exceedingly long network cables to attach to Network Access Points and Carrier Connection points as the facilities drive through international waters.
This is where Project Rabbit Ears becomes critical to the Google Strategy. Making use of the deep earth mining equipment, Google will be able to drill deep into the Earths crust, into the mantle, and ultimately build a large Network Access Point near the Earthâ€™s core. This Planetary WIFI solution will be centrally located to cover the entire earth without the use of regional WIFI repeaters. Googleâ€™s floating facilities could then gain access to unlimited bandwidth and provide yet another consumer based monetization strategy for the company.
Knownothing also speculates that such a move would allow Google to make use of enormous amounts of free geo-thermic power and almost singlehandedly become the greenest power user on the planet. Speculation also abounds that Google could then sell that power through its as yet un-invented large scale multi-megawatt wireless power transfer technology as unseen on its floating data centers.
Much of the discussion around this kind of technology innovation driven by Google has been given credible amounts of veracity and discussed by many seemingly intelligent technology based news outlets and industry organizations who should intellectually know better, but prefer not to acknowledge the inconvenient lack of evidence.
Editors Note: I have many close friends in the Google Infrastructure organization and firmly believe that they are doing some amazing, incredible work in moving the industry along especially solving problems at scale. What I find simply amazing is in the search for innovation how often our industry creates things that may or may not be there and convince ourselves so firmly that it exists.