Google Server Hardware Design

Posted on April 4, 2009  Comments (5)

Ben Jai, Google Server Platform Architect, discusses the Google server hardware design. Google has designed their own servers since the beginning and shared details this week on that design. As we have written previously Google has focused a great deal on improving power efficiency.

Google uncloaks once-secret server

Google’s big surprise: each server has its own 12-volt battery to supply power if there’s a problem with the main source of electricity. The company also revealed for the first time that since 2005, its data centers have been composed of standard shipping containers–each with 1,160 servers and a power consumption that can reach 250 kilowatts.

Efficiency is another financial factor. Large UPSs can reach 92 to 95 percent efficiency, meaning that a large amount of power is squandered. The server-mounted batteries do better, Jai said: “We were able to measure our actual usage to greater than 99.9 percent efficiency.”

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5 Responses to “Google Server Hardware Design”

  1. Steve
    April 6th, 2009 @ 4:48 pm

    Massive what amount of hardware and power are used! This is great, i just love being a nerd 🙂 Thanks for sharing, i watched it 2 times already.

  2. Anonymous
    April 9th, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    12 volt battery backs in each file server! Cool.

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