The Blue Cube Closes – Highest of Security Data Center, Anyone?
The Onizuka Air Force Station, located in Sunnyvale and nicknamed the Blue Cube, has just ceased to be a base for secretive US Air Force operations.
A sort of relic of the secret operations necessitated by the Cold War, the windowless, maze-like building remains rather mysterious. What exactly went on in there is unclear, but it had a lot to do with satellites and spacecraft. In fact, the article from the San Jose Mercury News makes me think of thegraphic novel and movie Watchmen a little bit, with its talk of good and evil and intense government plotting and secrecy.
The question now that the Blue Cube is no longer needed for enigmatic Air Force goings-on is what will be done with the vacated building. The Department of Veterans Affairs has laid claim to a bit of the complex, but most of it has a very shaky future.
From our perspective in the data center migration business, we’re looking at essentially a high-tech castle built from the start to support and protect sensitive data and operations. In Sunnyvale, nonetheless. Half the data centers you hear about are in nearby Santa Clara, and it doesn’t seem like much of a leap that the Blue Cube could be a pretty amazing high-security data center for a company with the capital to modify it to those purposes.
Anyone have thoughts on the feasibility and execution of this?
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