Google Creek?

Was browsing through the City Paper’s excellent blog and caught this potentially amazing news for tech in the Charleston area — could it be? Could Google expand into Goose Creek? That’d sure be a great alternative to the current stable (or lack thereof) of jobs that a computer science student wishing to stay in the area could take…

12 thoughts on “Google Creek?

  1. NotMyBest2Day

    Yeah, the site they’re looking to use is up on Highway 52 around Strawberry. There’s an industrial park that was made a few years ago. I wonder what the ping times would be when/if they decide to move in. Currently, I average 37ms, and that has to go all the way to CA.

  2. NotMyBest2Day

    Yeah, the site they’re looking to use is up on Highway 52 around Strawberry. There’s an industrial park that was made a few years ago. I wonder what the ping times would be when/if they decide to move in. Currently, I average 37ms, and that has to go all the way to CA.

  3. Matthew

    If this is a Google data center, I don’t understand why they would consider it so close to a potentially very hurricane active coast.

  4. Matthew

    If this is a Google data center, I don’t understand why they would consider it so close to a potentially very hurricane active coast.

  5. Jared Smith

    Totally agreed Matthew — though I can’t imagine it’s much safer having company headquarters on the San Andreas Fault, either. :) The location of the potential data center suggests that they’ve at least somewhat taken the hurricane threat into account (i.e. no chance of destructive storm surge), and I think a facility could be built to withstand major hurricane-force winds.

  6. Jared Smith

    Totally agreed Matthew — though I can’t imagine it’s much safer having company headquarters on the San Andreas Fault, either. :) The location of the potential data center suggests that they’ve at least somewhat taken the hurricane threat into account (i.e. no chance of destructive storm surge), and I think a facility could be built to withstand major hurricane-force winds.

  7. NotMyBest2Day

    The area they have chosen, according to Google Earth, is between 35 and 50 feet above sea level. It would take a double-strength Katrina to affect them. My house is at 57 feet above, since this part of the Creek is on a big hill.

  8. NotMyBest2Day

    The area they have chosen, according to Google Earth, is between 35 and 50 feet above sea level. It would take a double-strength Katrina to affect them. My house is at 57 feet above, since this part of the Creek is on a big hill.

  9. NotMyBest2Day

    I would have to imagine so. Alu-max (now Alcoa) drew up a contract with BEC after Hugo that basically says “for every (partial or full) hour we are without power, you have to pay us $25,000.”

    So BEC makes that priority number 1 to keep that place powered. This will be interesting to see how it pans out.

  10. NotMyBest2Day

    I would have to imagine so. Alu-max (now Alcoa) drew up a contract with BEC after Hugo that basically says “for every (partial or full) hour we are without power, you have to pay us $25,000.”

    So BEC makes that priority number 1 to keep that place powered. This will be interesting to see how it pans out.

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