Google Data Centers

There has been a lot of press coverage of Google data centers recently. Historically, Google has been very secretive about the technology and power usage for its data centers:

In one Silicon Valley data center, [Google] is so paranoid about competitors catching a glimpse of its gear, it’s been known to keep its server cages in complete darkness, outfitting its technical staff like miners and sending them spelunking into the cages with lights on their heads.

This makes sense, as both performance and energy efficiency are sources of competitive advantage. However, the veil has been lifted, to some degree.

Hardware

Google offered a detailed view of its data center technology to Wired recently. There was even an up-to-date photo gallery; much better than those murky images of Google servers with all the wires hanging out! That is all I’ve seen about Google servers for more years than I can remember.

Humor

A few days ago, Mashable posted a sweet gallery of Google data center Easter Eggs.

Android peeking

Read the annotations accompanying each image in the gallery.

Android on duty in the data center

The hiding Androids were, not surprisingly, my favorite.

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