Sunday, November 20, 2005

Google Data Center, Coming to an NLC container near you!

Even if it is pure fiction, it cannot get any more entertaining than that:

"The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the most storage, memory and power support into a 20- or 40-foot box. We're talking about 5000 Opteron processors and 3.5 petabytes of disk storage that can be dropped-off overnight by a tractor-trailer rig. The idea is to plant one of these puppies anywhere Google owns access to fiber, basically turning the entire Internet into a giant processing and storage grid."

The entire article is a bliss specially the calculation of how one can 'buy' the entire internet for just $1 billion (given they know the magic mairaid of technologies that Google is sitting on - don't miss the slide s on datacenter, GFS Google File System and other insights).

The next uber-fiction-based service that I can think of is Google offering total-end-to-end outsourced egovernement facilties to (to begin with) third-world countries! Why would dictators and rotten-to-the-core govenments would be interested is such a service is of course a big questions.


At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Mehreen said...

Good news.


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