SeaLand ‘Data Haven’ is For Sale

SeaLand, the oil platform in the North Sea that was famously converted into a colocation data haven, is for sale. SeaLand, a former anti-aircraft platform perched on two concrete towers 8 miles off the coast of England, was featured in a Wired cover story in 2000 when investors turned it into a colo facility for web sites seeking to locate outside any government jurisdiction. Entrepreneur Roy Bates took control of the facility in 1965 and declared it the Principality of Sealand, a sovereign nation (and convenient tax haven).

The colocation operation fell on hard times after the dot com crash, and last year SeaLand was badly damaged in a fire. While there were many challenges to maintaining a data center in the middle of the ocean, the lack of a nearby fire department proved one of the facility’s most serious shortcomings. Link via Slashdot.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.