Msg#: 3887838 posted 10:06 am on Apr 8, 2009 (gmt 0)
If you've ever wondered exactly what a Google datacenter looks like, now you can see for yourself. This 6.5 minute video takes the viewer on a tour of the physical plant for one of the data centers that is built in a modular fashion, using the kind of containers that are employed in the shipping industry.
There's a LOT of attention on the cooling processes and power supply. All in all, I was more impressed than I expected. And I was left understanding even more why their "competition" is having so much trouble actually competing.
swa66 - yeah I think the idea is that if everything is modular and standardized then production, installation and maintenance costs can be reduced. It must be nice to know EXACTLY how much more energy, space, etc. you'd need to add a couple thousand more servers.
Wondering about the reason for the containers: centralized creation of everything important? and ship it world-wide ready to hook up locally to power and cooling?
Saves a lot of engineering expense, I'd imagine. Everything (including airflow, which was mentioned in the video) is designed into a standardized unit, so there's no need to reinvent the wheel each time Google builds a new data center or adds a "hangar."