Google Data Center

G oogle’s favorite journalist, @StevenLevy gets an unprecedented peek inside a Google Data Center! WIRED REBLOG:

Google Data Center server room in Council Bluffs, Iowa, photo by Connie Zhou / Google

Google Data Center server room in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

This is what makes Google Google: its physical network, its thousands of fiber miles, and those many thousands of servers that, in aggregate, add up to the mother of all clouds. This multibillion-dollar infrastructure allows the company to index 20 billion web pages a day. To handle more than 3 billion daily search queries. To conduct millions of ad auctions in real time. To offer free email storage to 425 million Gmail users. To zip millions of YouTube videos to users every day. To deliver search results before the user has finished typing the query. In the near future, when Google releases the wearable computing platform called Glass, this infrastructure will power its visual search results.

The problem for would-be bards attempting to sing of these data centers has been that, because Google sees its network as the ultimate competitive advantage, only critical employees have been permitted even a peek inside, a prohibition that has most certainly included bards. Until now. Here I am, in a huge white building in Lenoir, standing near a reinforced door with a party of Googlers, ready to become that rarest of species: an outsider who has been inside one of the company’s data centers and seen the legendary server floor.

Wired / Google Throws Open Doors to Its Top-Secret Data Center

A central cooling plant in Google’s Douglas County, Georgia, data center.
A server room in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Google / Connie Zhou

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