The Google Way: Saving Electricity For Data Center

in Categories data center, Hardware, Networking, News, UNIX, Windows server last updated October 1, 2008

Learn from Google how to save electricity while serving millions of request across a globe. Google come up with 5-step approach to build efficient data centers. From the page:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Hundreds of millions of users access our services through the web, and supporting this traffic requires lots of computers. We strive to offer great internet services while taking our energy use very seriously. That’s why, almost a decade ago, we started our efforts to make our computing infrastructure as sustainable as possible. Today we are operating what we believe to be the world’s most efficient data centers.

As a result, the energy used per Google search is minimal. In the time it takes to do a Google search, your own personal computer will use more energy than we will use to answer your query.

=> Commitment to Sustainable Computing

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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  1. I fail to see how Google can be using less power than my PC when you consider the amount of systems the query will pass thru before it’s processed and returned.

    Also considering the amount of time and energy/power it has taken to archive the data should also come into account…

  2. There is nothing specific mentioned in this article just a broad mission statement.

    Sure google might have become more efficient, but by how much?

    Google should start promoting the use of alternative energy sources.

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