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Friday, April 03, 2009

Google reveals server secrets

One of the interesting things about Google's approach to technology is that it uses shipping containers packed with tens of thousands of cheap home-made PCs instead of rooms full of expensive mainframes. However, it hasn't previously revealed any of the details. That's what it did at a conference yesterday, and CNet's Stephen Shankland has published the story and photos.

Among the secrets: each server has two processors and its own 12-volt battery to supply power if there's a problem with the main source of electricity. Also, each shipping container holds 1,160 servers and can consume 250 kilowatts.


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