Avast, Ye Scurvy Googlers!
September 19th, 2008 By: Rich Miller
Arrr! Here’s the question of the day, mateys: what would happen if Google’s seagoing data center, having survived a hurricane, was beset by pirates? Is a cannonball fired from a pirate frigate a single point of failure? What happens if Cap’n Slappy leans on the EPO button while boarding?
Sorry, couldn’t stop myself. Yes, it’s Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Heck, the data pirates – hackers – are already inside the datacenter virtually, why would they need to board physically? I’d be more worried about the supertanker that needs 10 miles to turn with the mate sleeping at the wheel.
It’s funny, but literal piracy is still a very real threat on the open seas. Of course, a data center anchored within territorial waters has the coast guard to keep it mostly safe.
I was trying to have a little fun here, with no intent to minimize the seriousness of real piracy. Besides, Google has applied for a separate patent for the custom defense system for its data barges: trained sharks with friggin’ laser beams on their head!
Joking again there. Happy Friday. Arrr!