Archive for ‘Storage’

March 3, 2016

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.


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.


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.

May 24, 2012

Google Drive has arrived

Google’s cloud storage service is finally available. It offers the promise of accessing files, even large ones, from any location or device. With Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets, presentations and charts, and easily share with others. There is the suggestion of collaborative work, by two or more, on the same document simultaneously. In reality, that is rarely feasible. Well, it is difficult to do productively. Shared access is convenient for meetings and small work groups though.

windows 7 uses google storage

Accessing Google Drive with Win 7

As with Google Docs, one may search by keyword, and filter by file type, owner or file size.  Over 30 file types are accessible from your browser. This includes HD video, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop— this part is key: File access does not require the program to be installed on your computer!

The first 5 GB of storage is free of charge for all Google accounts.


Google Drive may be used on a variety of computers and devices, including PCs, Macs and Android. iPhone and iPad support is “coming soon”.

Google Drive


The fate of Google Docs

Perhaps you are thinking,

This seems so similar to Google Docs!

I was too. Apparently that was by intent, as word has it that Google Drive will replace Google Docs for all users:

Precisely because Drive is just Docs with a new logo, Docs is being phased out. The site still works for now and will continue to work for months, but Google is pushing users away from the Docs URL and app and towards Drive.

I had noticed Docs was prompting me to try Drive recently. I suspect this was the reason. The URL will change from to The final changeover date has not been announced.

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