More information about Google Servers

Have you ever asked your self where does Google buy its servers, Dell, HP, IBM, or Sun?

Unlike everyone in the world, Google don’t buy servers from different vendor they build them!

It doesn’t make sense if you have 100 or 1000 servers, but if what about if you have hundreds of thousands of servers, which is the case for Google.

Actually Google have long time ago stated that they their own server, but the company revealed many new details about its servers, and operation.

Highlights:

  • Each server has its own battery. (reason check next item)
  • No UPS in the data center. (reason check previous item)
  • The unit of the data center is a container, not a server, and not a rack, but a whole container. (Sun sell something like too).
  • x86 because it is cheap.

More info and pictures from CNET article

6 thoughts on “More information about Google Servers”

  1. I got stuck in in infinite loop between items 1 and 2 🙁

    Very interesting though. Yeah, before SUN announced their
    shipping container data center (now called Sun Modular Datacenter), there were rumors that they were building it for Google so that they can easily move their datacenters very close to internet backbone. Turned out just to be a new SUN product for everyone and the story ended there. Now we know that Google indeed has something similar.

    I hope it’s not another lame April Fools joke.

  2. Well it doesn’t sounds like an April fool joke, for two reasons:
    1- It makes a lot of sense 🙂
    2- GMail was introduced on the same day.

  3. Yeah, seems legit.

    Didn’t know that a battery can do the job of a UPS.

    Is it just me, or is Google really starting to seem less interesting. I don’t know why, I find it hard to get excited by the stuff they’re doing nowadays. I’m a bit more interested in knowing what Facebook, Twitter, or even Amazon is doing. Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce seems really interesting.

  4. UPS is mainly batteries! and Google’s battery isn’t small one, did you see the picture.

    > Is it just me, or is Google really starting to seem less interesting

    It is just you 🙂
    I think they started to get bit mature, and may be less adventurous.

    > I’m a bit more interested in knowing what Facebook, Twitter, or even Amazon is doing.

    After couple of years the whole IT stuff would seem boring to you, it is normal.
    Personally I found Amazon stuff interguing, not sure about Facebook and Twitter, I don’t even think they will exist few years from now, or at least not as important as now.

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