Inside a Google’s Custom Web Server: Super secrets revealed

Take a look at the following amazing photo and see the inside of a Google’s custom web server. Delicious video included. :)

Inside a Google’s Custom Web Server: Super secrets revealed

Something amazing happened during the Google Data Center Efficiency Summit event held on April 1st 2009 in Mountain View, CA. Much to everyone’s surprise, Google gave attendees the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a look inside one of their many custom web servers!

So, what is so damn special about them? Here’s my quick recap of what I have learned:
  1. Each Google’s custom web server has its won battery (12-volt) that can provide backup power in case of power outages. Built-in UPS (uninterruptible power supply)! Ingenious!
  2. It also has 2 hard disk drives, 2 not-so-powerful processors (x86 AMD/Intel), 8 memory slots and they’re all running on a Gigabyte motherboard. Wait a minute, Gigabyte?
  3. Google also disclosed that their data centers are built inside common shipping containers and each shipping container/data center has a total of 1,160 web servers that consumes up to 250kW of power.

Amazing, huh!? Now that we know a little bit about Google’s custom web servers, it would be great if we can take a peek inside Yahoo’s and Microsoft’s. Hint! Hint! :)
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