April 03, 2009

Insight into to how Google do servers & datacenters..

Writing about web page http://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-10209580-92.html

Picked up on this link earlier today and had a few minutes to read it. Pretty awesome stuff. Interesting things that leapt out were:

  • Google have their own completely bespoke server chassis design, complete with individual battery backup modules per server rather than having a UPS for all of the servers. Other intelligent power conversion technologies are built right into the mainboard.
  • Google datacenters are comprised of self contained "datacenters in crate" - standard 1AAA shipping containers, each packed with 1,160 servers! As the article points out, Sun Microsystems and a number of other companies have been touting this technology for a couple of years but Google have been doing it since 2005.

Well worth a read!

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