Google Data Center Pictures: Year in Review
Google Data Center Pictures: Year in Review :In 2012 Google opened the doors up to some of it’s data centers in the typical colorful fashion we expect from Google. Hyper-scale content and cloud providers are ultra secretive about their trade secrets. Facebook’s Opencompute project is probably the most notable transparent architectures with regard to how they build their compute and storage nodes.
There is scale and Google scale
“You benefit from the efficiency of Google data centers and our decade of running them”…”We’ve worked very hard to get the cost of computing down for a decade, and we’re passing the savings on to you.” – Urs Hoezle Google Senior VPThe sheer scale of nearly 1 million servers distributed globally is pretty awe inspiring. It helps to remember that any good architecture scales if done in a modular fashion. The distributed systems at Google are one of, if not the best in the business. When people leave Google, a year or two later the reverse-engineered product emerges. Google has been one of the handful of consumers that through purchasing volume and R&D have turned the industry into a consumer driven market rather than the past two decades of manufacturers dictating the architectures and products.
Why is Google Opening the Data Center Doors?
The likely reason for 2012 being the Google data center PR blitz is to make personal connections with potential Google Compute Engine (GCE). GCE is Google’s cloud platform that is striving to be the one to start chipping at Amazon’s coveted AWS market share. The cloud computing market share is ripe disruption with AWS operating with next to no competition since its entrance into the public cloud. Amazon’s agility to reduce CapEx and squeeze efficiencies will be important in remaining the incumbent.
The final lesson from Google is, put loud colors on everything in your data center to make it look technically advanced. It even works with dirty old backup tapes.
Some Google Data Center Pictures From 2012
Thanks for stopping by and I will see you in 2013, Have a great holidays!