The secret sauce of Google's data center

The secret sauce of Google's data center

Summary: Good reading: News.com's Martin LaMonica reports on the technical wizardry behind Google's data center operations, including dealing gracefully with...

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Good reading: News.com's Martin LaMonica reports on the technical wizardry behind Google's data center operations, including dealing gracefully with system failures among its thousands of home grown, Linux-based

Topic: Data Centers

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  • another take on it

    Here is another piece from December 04 that looks behind the scenes at Google: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/index.php?p=796

    Chris
    chris jablonski
    • Why do you think white boxes are prone to failure?

      Depending on the components you choose, it may very well be identical to the name brand server components or better. I've never seen any difference between the failure rates of no-name boxes vs. brand name servers. The only difference is that they are much cheaper, often much faster since if you select premium components that are optimally balanced, but you?re on your own as far as support is concerned.

      What?s funny is that every time Oracle puts 8 boxes together to run in a cluster, they call it a ?Grid?. Google and many others have been in this game for many more years operating real Grids.
      george_ou